2013 MLB Winter Meetings: 5 Potential Landing Spots For Colorado Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki
5 Possible Destinations For Troy Tulowitzki This Offseason
Troy Tulowitzki made his debut back in 2006 for the Colorado Rockies. He has developed into one of the best offensive shortstops in the game today. His power cannot be rivaled by many at the position. Obvious asterisks may be applied because of the ballpark that he plays half of his games in, but Tulowitzki can hit just about anywhere.
Tulowitzki is a three-time All-Star while also wining Gold Gloves and Silver Slugger Awards. He is a terrific all-around player, but one thing that can be a knock against him is durability. He has only played in over 145 games twice in his career. The status of his health can be a major question mark when it comes to being considered a franchise player. The Rockies gave him big-time money and they would like to see that investment on the field as much as possible.
Along with Carlos Gonzalez, the duo has given Colorado quite a punch in the middle of the order, but they need more pieces around them to be able to win consistently. The Rockies are not close to competing in the National League West, and rumors of moving one of their better pieces has been brought up in the last two winters.
Giving credit to the front office: they have continued to deny those rumors and hang on to Tulowitzki, but rumors do not just start from out of nowhere. While he is a health risk at times, any team in the league would love to have him in their lineup. Here are five teams the All-Star slugger could find himself with after this offseason.
5. Colorado Rockies
You always have to give consideration to the current club. Tulowitzki is still under contract with the Colorado Rockies, and they have denied countless rumors of trade talks over the last two seasons. Colorado insists that Tulo is the man to build a franchise around, and they just may continue to say no to all trade talks.
4. Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners seem to be in rumors for every free agent for the second consecutive winter, yet they still struggle to sign a big-time free agent. When they are able to land a free agent, they end up being somewhat of a bust such as Richie Sexson and Chone Figgins. The Mariners could try landing a star by way of trade and hope to change their luck by moving some of their young prospects for an established hitter.
3. New York Mets
The New York Mets are in dire needs of star power to assist David Wright. Their lineup desperately needs power and productivity. Why not make a splash and go get a star shortstop similar to when Jose Reyes was in town.
2. Kansas City Royals
This could be a special season for the Kansas City Royals. They appear to be on the verge of making a serious playoff run with a core group of homegrown prospects. One more bat in an American League lineup would not hurt. If not a player like Carlos Beltran, they could try a move to go get Tulo.
1. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates experienced what the Royals hope to very soon: the playoffs. They have the reigning MVP but are weak at the shortstop position. The division is there for the taking if the Pirates want to make a strong move and get a power-hitting shortstop.