Troy Tulowitzki Trade To Mets Benefits Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki trade rumors have become commonplace for Colorado Rockies fans. Ownership claims a reluctance to trade Tulowitzki and teammate Carlos Gonzalez. However, rumors continue to fly. Tulo fueled the rumor mill further by taking in a Sunday matinee at Yankees Stadium. In nearby Philadelphia for a surgical consultation on a thigh injury which forced him to the disabled list last week, Tulo made the short drive to the Bronx “to see (Derek) Jeter play one more time.” Even the most cynical Rockies fan didn’t see this coming.
Things were looking up for the Rockies earlier this season. After a 9-2 victory over the Rangers on May 7th, Colorado was in sole possession of first place with 22-14 record. Overachieving? Yes, Corey Dickerson and Charlie Blackmon were playing over their heads. Nolan Arenado was in the midst of a 28-game hit steak. Even Tulowitzki was overachieving, hitting over .400. The Rockies were primed for regression and the nosedive was swift and painful.
Winners of 21 of their last 68 games, the Rockies are in the cellar of the National League West. Injuries have taken a toll. Like Tulowitzki, key contributors have missed time throughout the year. Gonzalez lost a month. Arenado did too. Michael Cuddyer has missed even more time. Justin Morneau recently joined the fray. The rotation has also been devastated. Pitchers Brett Anderson, Tyler Chatwood, Eddie Butler, Jhoulys Chacin and Jordan Lyles have all missed significant time due to injuries. This has exposed the organizations greatest weakness — depth. Enter the New York Mets and a Troy Tulowitzki trade.
The Mets are where the Rockies want to be soon — on the verge of contention. New York has rebuilt its organization by developing young pitching talent. The organization pitching depth is so rich, potential Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom was viewed as excess depth to start the season. While the Mets have pitching pieces, they also have holes in the field — especially at shortstop. Currently, light-hitting utility infielder Ruben Tejada is playing everyday. Underwhelming in the field and batters box, New York seeks an upgrade. With internal help years away, the Mets need a shortstop. They also need a middle-of-the-order bat to pair with David Wright. Enter the Rockies and a Troy Tulowitzki trade.
A Troy Tulowitzki Trade: Building a deal that’s a win for the Rockies and Mets
Zack Wheeler, Pitcher
The Rockies like higher velocity, ground ball pitchers. Wheeler and top prospect Noah Syndergaard both fit this criteria. Acquired from the San Francisco Giants in the Carlos Beltran trade, Wheeler has established himself this year as a ground ball machine while increasing his swing-and-miss percentage. It’s a mix which points to his becoming a top flight starting pitcher. With the Rockies developing top prospects Jon Gray and Eddie Butler, the potential exists for Wheeler to lead Colorado’s strongest ever starting rotation.
Brandon Nimmo, Outfielder
Having scouted Rockies prospects for the last four seasons, the organization has begun to develop players with more of a tools profile. Asheville teams have included David Dahl (Scouting Report), Rosell Herrera, Ryan McMahon (Scouting Report), Raimel Tapia (Scouting Report) and Trevor Story. Brandon Nimmo fits the mold of a player with solid tools across the board.
Scouting Nimmo in 2013, he flashed a plus hit tool and an advanced approach. The former first round pick barreled fastballs to all fields. In a 2013 report, ROTOscouting’s Mike Newman compared Nimmo’s upside to Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis and Royals outfielder Alex Gordon. And while Nimmo may be able to stick in center field, he’d slide to a corner once Dahl is ready. As for the Mets, drafting Michael Conforto and the emergence of Juan Lagares in center field leaves them with cost-controlled options.
Amed Rosario, Shortstop
No position prospect oozes louder tools in the farm system than Ahmed Rosario. Signed out of the Dominican Republic for $1.7-million, the 18-year-old is the shortstop for short season Brooklyn. A Troy Tulowitzki trade would create an organization void at short for Colorado — especially with Rosell Herrera destined a corner infield position and the possibility of Trevor Story shifting to second base. Hedging bets, the Mets have insurance down the line if Tulo needs to be moved off of short in Gavin Cecchini.
Wilmer Flores, To Be Determined
Struggling to find at bats in New York due to Daniel Murphy and David Wright manning second and third, Flores has been on the Las Vegas-New York shuttle as needs arise in the Mets infield. Formerly the Mets top position player prospect, Flores presents with a plus hit tool and the potential for 20 home runs in the thin air of Denver. Flores is expendable due to the emergence of Dilson Herrera at second. This leaves Flores without a clear path to playing time. Still only 22-years-old, the Rockies can play Flores at first base, second base and third base to net him 500 plate appearances.
The Mets would assume risks trading for Tulo. At 29-years-old, the All-Star Shortstop has spent significant time on the disabled list. With a greater likelihood of his body breaking down playing a premium position, a reasonable contract becomes a greater risk. Owed $118-million through 2020, the Mets would be getting a player to add to the middle of their lineup alongside David Wright.. Especially for a Mets team with well known money issues.
Other players including Noah Syndergaard and Catcher Kevin Plawecki to some extent too, but catcher isn’t a primary need and it’s difficult to envision a franchise shortstop being traded for a prospect only package. Plawecki was identified in March by ROTOscouting as a prime trade candidate. His success this season has pushed his prospect value even with Nimmo. The goal for the Rockies in a Troy Tulowitzki trade is to fill several organizational holes in one swoop. This package of young players accomplishes that. Now it’s up to both teams to pull the trigger.
29 Jul 2014 / Chris Blessing / 1
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