St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is in the spotlight this offseason heading into the winter meetings next month in Orlando, FL. Fans hope he will make all the right moves to fill the team’s needs. Trading for Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki wouldn’t be one of them, however.
Even though the Cardinals came up only two wins short of another World Series ring with Pete Kozma at shortstop, they’ve made it clear that they want an offensive upgrade. Rumors have swirled for a couple of years linking the Cardinals and Rockies in talks about Tulowitzki. He’s a gifted shortstop with power and production at the plate. Rockies owner Dick Monfort has said that he will not trade Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez, but everyone knows how much such a “vote a confidence” means in modern sports. The possibility of a trade with the Cardinals is very real, but it would be a bad move for the Cardinals.
Tulowitzki is a porcelain doll who has rarely played a whole season. He’s 29 years old, with seven years and $130 million left on his contract. He’s a showboat who likes the spotlight on himself. Would he fit in with the Cardinal Way? The Cardinals didn’t really want to sign franchise icon Albert Pujols to a contract extending past his mid-30′s, and breathed a sigh of relief when he signed elsewhere. Why would they want to give up valuable trade pieces to take on a huge contract for an aging, injury-prone transplant?
Mozeliak grew up in Boulder, Co and started out in the MLB as a left-handed batting practice pitcher for the Rockies. Matt Holliday was drafted by them and was a mentor and friend to Tulowitzki in the organization. These personal ties should not cloud the Cardinals’ judgment. Mozeliak has picked up free agents with an injury history, such as Lance Berkman and Carlos Beltran, that worked out very well. Giving up much more than just money to try for such success with Tulowitzki would just be tempting fate.
Sara Lefebvre is a St Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.