There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Colorado Rockies' star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Several suitors have been named, the New York Yankees, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. The Yankees would be a nice story — Tulo replacing his baseball idol Derek Jeter — but the Yanks don't really have the farm system to pull off the trade. St. Louis is one of the best baseball cities in the country and would welcome Troy with open arms, but they probably won't be willing to gut their prospect pipeline to get him. That leaves the Mets, and that's a very good thing for Rockies fans.
Despite Troy making it clearer by the day that he wishes to play elsewhere, Rockies management has said it will take a "deal of the century" to move the franchise centerpiece. What the Mets can offer may not be that deal, but they can sure come close.
Mets management has recently waffled on whether they were will to move top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, but left the door wide open when GM Sandy Alderson said he'd be willing to move their top prospects at "the right time for the right player under the right circumstances." You don't need to read between the lines to know he's talking Troy Tulowitzki. Syndergaard is a 21 year-old power righty that's just about ready to burst onto the Major League scene. He would be the centerpiece of any proposed trade from the Mets.
Another right-handed pitcher, Rafael Montero, would be the second top pitching prospect to come the Rockies way in this would-be trade. Montero has already gotten a taste of the Bigs earlier this year. Montero has magnificent control of all his pitches, which would be a welcome addition to the mound at Coors Field.
The Rockies have been on the lookout for a good everyday catcher since their inception over 20 years ago. They thought Wilin Rosario would be that guy, but suspect defense has plagued his career and the bat has let him down this year. The solution to this problem could be one of the best catcher prospects Kevin Plawecki. Plawecki is solid behind the plate and in the batter's box and is supposed to be a favorite of Rockies brass.
If the Rockies are to accept a trade proposal for Tulo, at least one player with Major League experience. And if you've watched pretty much any game this season, that experience should come out of the bullpen. The Mets are in possession of two 24 year-old Dominicans who are already steady contributors out of the 'pen. Jenrry Mejia has a tendency to be a bit erratic, but is still awfully effective since making the transition from starting games to helping end them. Jeurys Familia is having a breakout year in his first full season in the Majors with an ERA under two. Either could help the worst bullpen in all of MLB.
Since the Rockies have all the leverage in this deal, they could perhaps strong-arm the Mets into giving one more. Ruben Tejada could be used in a platoon with Josh Rutledge at shortstop until one of the Rockies' homegrown prospects is ready to take over that role.
The Rockies would lose Troy Tulowitzki, but gain oodles and oodles of potential in return. Familia or Mejia could anchor a rebuilt bullpen. Plawecki could be the catcher for the next six or seven seasons. And if Montero and Syndergaard live up to their potential, the Rockies starting rotation in a few years could be Jon Gray, Noah Syndergaard, Eddie Butler, Rafael Montero and Kyle Freeland.
Good Lord that could be good. And with Tulo's actions of late, the trade might come this offseason. If the Rockies get this return or better, pull the trigger without hesitation.
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