Talks of trading Colorado Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki have been surfacing more lately making the idea of Tulo-less Rockies team more and more real. On top of that, there have also been talks of trading the injured Cuddyer along with star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Tulo has been gradually opening up to the idea of being traded and last Friday he sat down with Thomas Harding of MLB.com and talked to him about his future with the Colorado Rockies. He said if and when the time comes, he will be sitting down with the organization and discussing his future with the franchise.
Tulowitzki said that if the ball club gives him a chance to win sooner (i.e. building up a more youthful and talented team) rather than later he wants to stay in Colorado. But he said in the interview if the Rockies can’t put a winning team together then he is open to be traded out of Colorado.
Tulowitzki said he wants to stay in one uniform his whole career and he loves playing in Colorado but winning was the number one priority to him. Unfortunately, winning doesn’t seem to be the number one priority for the front office.
I love Tulowitzki and so does nearly every Rockies fan out there but unless something changes fast Tulowitzki seems like he will want out of Denver.
Unlike with Tulo, I am open to the idea of trading Carlos Gonzalez or Michael Cuddyer. While it may be an unpopular choice at first, it might be the smartest choice for the Rockies.
Cuddyer is on the back-end of his career but he has shown that he can still hit and field with the best of them. Cuddyer is 35 years old and will be a free agent after this season. So far, Cuddyer has not shown any interest in resigning with the Rockies, but to his defense he hasn’t shown interest in not signing with them.
Cuddyer has already drawn interest from teams that have a chance to make the playoffs. The Rockies are in desperate need of pitching and could quite possibly get a half-decent starter for Cuddyer.
Another Rockie that might be on his way out of Denver soon is Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez has been on and off the DL these past few seasons and the Rockies could get a couple big names for him.
Gonzalez right now, to me, is the biggest trade candidate the Rockies have. Corey Dickerson has more than proven he has what it takes to play left field and replace Gonzalez as the everyday starter.
If dealt, Gonzalez could bring some much need pitching to Denver. As I said before the Rockies are desperate for pitching and should be dealing to get some. Gonzalez is the best trade option the Rockies have and it would not surprise me in the least if he is no longer a Rockie after July 31st.
If rumors hold true and if the Rockies make some much-needed trades, Colorado fans might soon be rooting for “star”-less Rockies team.