According to Jon Heyman, Colorado Rockies GM Jeff Birdich said he will continue to listen to trade offers for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. This doesn’t come as a surprise as it has been said since before the 2014 season was over that the Rockies would be listening to deals for this star player. Rockies’ Owner Dick Monfort, however, is said to have told interested teams at the owners meetings that Tulowtizki was not available.
Monfort has had a strong relationship with Tulowitzki ever since the team drafted him, and would only trade the shortstop, if at all, to a team of Tulo’s approval. While Tulowitzki technically doesn’t posses no-trade rights, those teams reportedly include the Yankees, Dodgers, Angels, and Giants among a couple of others.
Any deal for Troy Tulowitzki would have to see the acquiring team give up a plethora of young prospects as well as receive the 118 million dollars on Tulowitzki’s contract through 2020. Tulo is 30 years old and coming off of hip surgery, and along with an injury prone tag on his career, it may be a longshot to see him dealt. Reportedly, the shortstop reiterated to Monfort recently that he would be willing to be traded if it meant improving the team.
Interested teams have included the likes of the Mariners, Cardinals, Red Sox, and Mets. Though it is worth noting that the Cardinals and Red Sox inquired last summer rather than this off-season. The Mariners reportedly inquired around the GM meetings and have since moved on with the signing of Nelson Cruz. As far as the Mets are concerned, they have the young pitching talent that the Rockies covet, but have been reluctant to part with it in trades and were turned off by Tulowitzki’s interest in the Yankees, although the Yankees seem to have moved on from that idea by trading for Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius in recent days. Tulowitzki does posses a lifetime 1.368 OPS at Citi field, but the interest in him going to Queens is unclear on both sides of the deal.