Report: If talks get serious, Nationals want in on Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki met with his agent, Paul Cohen, to decide whether or not to ask the Colorado Rockies for a trade. But as Baseball Essential’s Aaron Cornielle writes, Tulowitzki will not demand a trade and is calling it “upon himself to play better to end” the Rockies losing ways.

If the Rockies decide to trade Tulowitzki, they will have one of the top teams in baseball calling about him.

The Washington Nationals have “made it clear” that they would want to be involved in trade talks with the Rockies if they ever became serious about trading Tulowitzki, according to Jon Heyman of

The Nationals, however, “likely wouldn’t want to part with top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito.” Among prospects that could be in play are A.J. Cole, Reynaldo Lopez, Erick Fedde and Joe Ross.

The current starter at shortstop for the Nationals is Ian Desmond. While he is no slouch at the position, he is highly likely to leave as a free agent at the end of the year, as Rotoworld notes.

If Tulowitzki is acquired – that’s a big if – it’s possible the Nationals could then flip Desmond to a team so they can help replenish their farm system. There are a lot of “if’s” in that statement, so it’s highly unlikely that all goes down.

The likeliest scenario is that Tulowitzki stays in Colorado. Their management and ownership has shown no willingness to deal him and that is unlikely to change, barring a sudden change in thinking.

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