Jul 11, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) reacts with Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) after his two run home run in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies flat-out stunk last season and part of reason was because Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez couldn’t stay healthy yet again – both landing on the disabled list. New Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich offered Michael Cuddyer a qualifying-offer this past week and it’s looking good on his part as the New York Mets signed the veteran – forfeiting their 15th overall pick. Colorado will receive a compensation pick between the first and second round with Cuddyer rejecting the offer.
Colorado continues to dwell in the bottom of the National League West standings, failing to acknowledge what it takes to become a winning team in Major League Baseball. The resignation of Dan O’Dowd and Bill Geivett was a good step in the right direction, leaving it up to Jeff Bridich to bring winning baseball back to 20th and Blake. I’ve mentioned that during the regular season, I was opposed to trading the key players of the franchise, such as Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, but now it becomes a reality.
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These two just cannot stay on the field to produce for their team. Granted, Colorado has more issues than just their two stars, it’s just really hard to win baseball this way. This is why I believe Colorado should listen closely to offers regarding Tulo and CarGo.
What we know about the Rockies is that their pitching is always a mystery, including that dreaded bullpen we witnessed this past season, which is why the New York Mets can become compatible partners with Colorado in such a trade. Colorado had their eyes on Mets number one prospect SP Noah Syndergaard – who is very appealing might I add – as well as adding in a couple of players/prospects to sweeten the deal. This could add depth to a team and potentially stock their rotation for years to come. The Yankees, of course, are also in play for Tulo. If I were Colorado, I’d make sure Dellin Betances was apart of the package deal or else it’s a no from me.
Besides Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Matzek, Colorado’s rotation was iffy to say the least. Colorado was also without Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Chatwood for most if not the entire season – two solid parts of their rotation in years past. Also, who wants to see Colorado use Franklin Morales as a spot-starter? Definitely not me, that was a complete disaster and that should never happen again. The truth is still out on what Colorado has in Jon Gray and Eddie Butler – their top two prospects. Butler looked very good down the stretch after coming back from shoulder inflammation while Jon Gray finished the season out in Double-A Tulsa.
Colorado’s offense is more than capable of producing runs, seeing Corey Dickerson have a breakout 2014 season. Charlie Blackmon even made his name known in the month of April, heading to his first All-Star game. Heck, even Justin Morneau is coming off an National Batting Title. This team can field, too. D.J. LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado were recipients of gold gloves this past week. It’s all about adding depth and providing a rotation that can compete in game-in and game-out.
Would I like to keep Tulo and CarGo? Of course. I’ve been clamoring for Colorado to hang on to them for the past couple of seasons. Now, if they were healthy, I wouldn’t be saying Colorado would be foolish to trade them. When push comes to shove, it’s about fielding a team that can give you the best chance to win, which is why Colorado should listen closely to offers for Tulowitzki and Gonzalez.