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The Rockies “aren’t looking around very hard” for a trade of star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki

Jul 9, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

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Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hinted to Mark Kizsla of the Denver Post last week that he would like to be traded to a contender: “I don’t want to be next in line as somebody who was here for a long time and didn’t have a chance to win every single year,” Tulo said. “I want to be somewhere where there’s a chance to be in the playoffs every year.”

But it doesn’t sound like the Rockies front office will grant his wish this summer. This excerpt is from the latest column by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports …

No surprise, the Rockies aren’t looking around very hard to deal their iconic player, if at all, so far. While some of their baseball brass probably isn’t opposed to considering such a drastic measure in these tough times, ownership especially loves him, and is said to be extremely concerned by the possible reaction of a trade of their franchise player at a time their fortunes are falling. One Rockies person, in fact, said he saw “no chance” there’d be trade at this time.

The Rockies have made the playoffs just twice in the seven seasons that Tulo has been their starting shortstop and the club has won 74 or fewer games four times in that span (five if you want to include 2014).

Tulowitzki, 29, is batting .350/.441/.616 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 86 games this season for Colorado. He signed a six-year, $118 million contract extension in November 2010 that runs potentially through 2021.

  1. jburk003 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    As a Giants fan, I would LOVE to have Tulo. I enjoy and respect his play. Top 3 player at SS when he stays healthy. Can’t remember the last time we’ve had a slugger shortstop- pick him up Sabean!!

    • mazblast - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      Rich Aurilia?

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      So they are hesitant to trade him at all because they fear the backlash. Yet you actually think that not only will they trade him, but that they will trade him to a team in their division.

      Do you also believe in unicorns?

    • fifthstarter - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      The Rockies aren’t going to trade Tulo within the division. Rockies fans are still smarting over the Scutaro trade – there would be a full-fledged implosion should they trade Tulowitzki.

      Also, the Giants’ farm system is only marginally more valuable than the lint in my pockets. Who are they going to trade to get him?

  2. renaado - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Clearly he lacks trust and patience with his team, he should think wisely about that contract he signed and know what’s comin for him when he does that, the Rockies wouldn’t sign him that kind of contract for nothin, they trust his abilities and trust him as a leader… He should do the same thing also, till the contract expires. Once finished, it’s his decision on what to do with himself.

    • quintjs - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      He should remember that contract and keep quiet, otherwise people will ask the question did he take a big deal then, knowing he could complain about the team/ owners to force them to trade him later – that way he got the best of both worlds, big contract and got to play for a contender.

      He had to have known that when he signed that contract it wasn’t going to help the team sign free agents and keep existing players – he knows the teams budget and past experience has shown that when a small to mid market teams commits a huge proportion of their budget to a handful of players it doesn’t really work out that well.

    • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Well said

      Not only does he lacks both, but he’s missing the most important thing when playing yakyu.

      And that’s to have fun playing in difficult circumstances… win or lose we should always remember to have fun playing the game we chose.

  3. barkleyblows - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    This guy isn’t very bright, is he? Maybe he shouldn’t have signed that outrages contract with a terrible team.

    • Ayase - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      安安他噶那你的爱如卡哦…? 吧开业人哦!!!!!!!!

      You know the word temptation right? Look it up.

    • stex52 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      He seems pretty bright to me. He is rich playing a kid’s game. He might like to play for a better team, but overall he seems to be doing pretty well.

    • veistran - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Hard to be on an outrageous contract when he is a 5+ WAR player not making more than $20M/yr.

  4. chris3141084 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    He’ll find himself on a new team in 2019.

  5. corky2141 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    He was dupped into singing that extension with so many years left on his contract but to think he took an outrageous amount is insane. He has only made 5 mil a year since 2008 when he signed a 7 year $45 mil deal. Then he signed that extension for 6 more thinking it would help get free agents. Their GM has swung and missed (ha) getting players in there when he was cheap and now the team and tulo are paying for it

  6. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    I wonder if there are any teams out there that have a lot of money to spend, are consistent contenders, and will have an opening at shortstop next season.

    Hmm… thinking…..thinking…….

    • barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      But they Yankees really have no one to trade and is why they are no longer the top team. Teams sign these great young players and lock them up from age 23-33. Then the Yankees are stuck overpaying for veterans, there isn’t many young players like AROD anymore reaching free agency at age 26.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:14 AM!bchTFq

      • kyzslew77 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHA The trade package proposed there might get the Yankees 25% of the way to landing Tulo. Might.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        Maybe. But players who ask to be traded are never traded for 100 cents on the dollar. And his salary takes well over half the teams in MLB out the picture. Then take out the teams that don’t need shortstops. How many teams are left?

      • kyzslew77 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        You seem to be operating under the assumption that he absolutely MUST be traded, therefore he has to be traded somewhere. That is not the case. He’s not going anywhere, at least not this year.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        I’m not operating under any assumptions. IF he gets traded, counting the Yankees out as a possible destination would be foolish, is all I’m saying.

      • kyzslew77 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Which are the Rockies more likely to do: trade Tulo for $0.25 on the dollar (and pick up some of his salary, lulz, like the guy who wrote that article suggests), or hold onto him? Sure, I’ll grant: if he gets traded, it might be to the Yankees (except that they have nothing to offer in return). But he’s not getting traded. It’s not like he’s holding the Rockies hostage or demanding a trade.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM


  7. senioreditor2 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Home or Away

    Home 477 468 577 110 14 96 344 28 18 209 323 .398 .562 .960
    Away 478 465 486 94 10 77 255 27 13 200 275 .349 .470 .820

    If he leaves Colorado he’s a decent SS. He needs to be quiet and continue to be overpaid.

    • yahmule - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:20 AM

      Ah, we’re calling this premier defensive shortstop “decent” because his career road OPS is .820.

      I wonder how many SS are currently putting up a better OPS this season home and away. The answer is exactly one: defensive nightmare Hanley Ramirez @ .838. Next in line is Starlin Castro @ .778.

      • stex52 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        What you said, Yah. Most teams would kill for a shortstop who could put up .820 OPS anywhere. He would be an All Star shortstop on his “away” numbers.

  8. redwings248 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:45 AM


  9. bmoreravenz503 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Orioles trade JJ Hardy and another player for him

  10. flamethrower101 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    On one hand, if Tulo does ask for a trade and ownership doesn’t want to trade him, they could find a way to spin this to make him look like a selfish punk, like he’s giving up on the team just because they’re struggling, and then he’d be the enemy.

    On the other hand, the Rockies haven’t had a winning season in a while, and at some point, even the great ones who’ve committed themselves to one team their whole careers has to reassess their situation. If Tulo does eventually request a trade, it would be hard to blame him. But then the Rockies would have to seriously consider it. Trading him now could net them a bunch of young players, even if it means eating a little of his contract.

  11. mondogarage - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Tulo’s inability to stay in the lineup is a fair reason why the Rockies haven’t made the playoffs since 2009. After all, he’s managed to play more than 126 games in a season exactly once since 2009.

    I’m not calling him injury prone, some of those were sorta fluky. However, when he wants to complain about the Rox not winning, he needs to look at his own seeming inability to stay in the lineup as a part of the reason why.

    Also, for all the talk about splits, the most important are his splits in late and close situations. The dude is seriously anti-clutch. Career .691 OPS in late & close situations. In fact, in the 2009 NLDS, he ended Game 3 with the tying and winning runs on base, with a lazy fly ball, and struck out the very next night to end Game 4 (and the series), again with the tying and winning runs on base.

    SSS, of course, but absolutely typical of his normal late and close performance.

    You may ask why the Rox want to resign Cuddy? It it, in part, because no matter how much the media calls the Rockies “Tulo’s team” after Helton’s retirement, he is no leader of men; Cuddyer is. He’s simply an extremely talented, and occasionally petulant, shortstop. No harm in that, but he needs to stop acting like he’s not a contributor to his own team’s results.

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