Fans of sputtering teams like the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies are starting to think about quick ways to get to the top of MLB once again. Unfortunately, this also means that All Star players from teams across the league are starting to be “rumored” in trades. Thankfully, one MLB team has an owner who is more than ready to put such rumors to bed.
This time, it’s Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort speaking up, who has been forced to address speculation that both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki might be traded this off-season. His response wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of his two stars, but this quote does make a ton of sense:
“The plan is to keep them. Next year, yes. And my plan is to always keep them.”
Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time that an owner went back on his word, but the Rockies would be complete fools to deal away the face(s) of their franchise. For starters, neither Gonzalez nor Tulowitzki have turned 30 years old yet, which means that both are still in the prime of their careers. Besides, how in the world would Colorado sell tickets if Todd Helton, Tulowitzki and Gonzalez all left in one off-season?
Yeah — Dexter Fowler is a nice player and all, but he isn’t exactly the guy you want on the billboards outside of the stadium.