The Colorado Rockies last night stunned the world when word of a trade involving Troy Tulowitzki got out. Tulo had been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with P LaTroy Hawkins for SS Jose Reyes and three big name prospects in Miguel Castro, Jesus Tinoco, and Jeff Hoffman.
With Tulo out of the way, the Rockies now plan on getting rid of another big contract on their payroll, Carlos Gonzalez’s.
Citing a general manager from an interested team, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com writes that “they expect to move him,” speaking of smoking hot Carlos Gonzalez, who’s having a fantastic season of his own after a very slow start and a 2014 filled with injuries.
Gonzalez, 30 in October, has already played 20 more games in 2015 (90) than he did in all of 2014 (70). He’s accumulated a .278 batting average with 20 homers, 51 RBIs and 17 doubles, mainly helped by a very hot month of July that’s seen him hit .405 with 10 homers, 23 RBIs and six doubles, including two homers against the Cubs last night.
CarGo’s trade value has skyrocketed this month, with a surplus of teams in need of powerful outfield help to go along with his fantastic performance at the plate. With Tulo out, it’s been made clear that the Rockies are on full re-building mode, and keeping Gonzalez doesn’t make much sense, mainly because of the money he’s owed the next two years.
Gonzalez is set to become a free agent in 2018, but before then he is owed $17M next year and $20M the year after that. Teams interested in taking on his contract include the Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles, and obviously the New York Mets, who have been long rumored to be looking for a powerful outfield bat, although it is unclear at this point how much of the incoming player’s salary owner Fred Wilpon is willing to assume.
Stay tuned as the July 31st trade deadline makes its quick approach, with all the news here on BaseballEssential.com.