To no one’s surprise, especially not people in Denver, Troy Tulowitzki will be watching part of the season from the dugout for the fifth time in his young career.
When Tulowitzki is healthy, he is arguably the best short stop in MLB, but he is slowly gaining the reputation of being an injury-prone and unreliable player. I can admit that labeling Tulowitzki as an “overrated” player is a bit of a stretch, but there is no denying the simple fact that Tulowitzki is becoming more of a liability than an asset for the Colorado Rockies, and beginning to make people wonder if he can stay healthy through the full grind of 162 games.
The argument can be made that Tulowitzki would not be considered overrated if he was on another team. The fact of the matter is that the Rockies don’t need a big bat or strong defense in the infield — they need pitching.
If you take Tulowitzki and place him on say, the San Francisco Giants or Atlanta Braves, losing him for parts of the season may not be as big a deal because they have the pitching to make up for it as the Rockies do not. The Rockies play at Coors Field, which is a hitters ballpark, so they have the bats to make up for Tulowitzki’s absence, but they do not have the pitching.
So what am I saying here? I’m saying the Rockies should cut ties with a truly unreliable but gifted player while he still has huge trade value and pick up some much needed pitching help.
With Carlos Gonzalez having a MVP-type year and this probably being Todd Helton‘s last run at a championship in the purple and black, the Rockies would be wise to listen to offers on Tulowitzki and see what is out there as far as pitching help goes.
As it sits now, the Rockies are 1.5 games back from second place in the National League West Division and have been able to hold their own without Tulowitzki being in the lineup.
Is Tulowitzki an “overrated” baseball player? Not in my opinion, but he is gaining the reputation as one and could be on the trading block soon if he doesn’t get healthy and stay that way for a good amount of time. The Rockies have a shot at the division this year and if someone comes knocking, it would not surprise me one bit if the Rockies pull the trigger on a deal that is too hard to pass up.