The New York Post is reporting that the Mets have talked to the Colorado Rockies regarding their two star players, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Many believe such a deal is very unlikely to happen midseason, but this offseason is a definite possibility. The Mets have a couple of top rated pitching prospects in Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero (pictured), both of whom are ready to make their mark on the Majors. And as everyone knows the Rockies will always be on the lookout for good, controllable pitchers. New York also has the top rated first base prospect in Dominic Smith, and with Justin Morneau's age and Kyle Parker's poor performance in his brief stint at the top club could be of some interest.
Carlos Gonzalez may end up as a Met, but the competition for Troy Tulowitzki is much stiffer. The New York Yankees will be desperate trying to find an heir to Derek Jeter, and Troy has expressed interest in joining the Bronx Bombers. If the Yankees want something, they somehow find a way to get it done. The St. Louis Cardinals tried to pull of a trade for Tulo last offseason, and with this disaster of a season soon to be in the books, the Rockies should be more apt to listen to the Cards this time around. With a deep farm system that includes potential superstar Oscar Tavares, who is already in the Majors at just 22 years old. A King's ransom could be on the way to Denver if the Rockies pull the trigger and trade one or both of their superstars.
In other trade news, the Seattle Mariners have expressed their interest in Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs. Stubbs, in a part-time role, mind you, is having a career year. He's hitting .297 with 10 HR, 27 RBI and 11 SB this year. Seattle needs an offensive bump, especially in the outfield, to get them into the playoffs. Stubbs' combination of speed and power would be a good fit in the great Northwest, even if the power dips a bit in Seattle.
In return for Stubbs, Colorado wants a young pitcher with years of team control left. The Rockies will ask for Taijuan Walker, but he's probably too steep a price to pay for Stubbs. James Paxton, despite the injury that will probably keep him out the rest of the season, should be as low as the Rockies go in this trade.
The Rockies need to sell off the assets they have that aren't a big part of the future. That means pretty much everyone on the roster should be available, and Drew Stubbs should be first out the door. Follow that up with LaTroy Hawkins and Jorge De La Rosa at the deadline and Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki this offseason. Load up on the future because the present isn't all that pretty.
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