Oftentimes, MLB fans get so enamored with the idea of a blockbuster trade that they forget to read the tea leaves. For instance, the Colorado Rockies have two superstars that would mesh well with any team in the league. Hence, the early part of this offseason was dominated by trade rumors involving Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki. Let’s get one thing straight: Colorado isn’t dealing any of these big name bats in the near future.
Instead, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd is going to build around these two fixtures like any good baseball mind should. However, just because “Tulo” and “Cargo” are staying in the Mile High City doesn’t mean that both are free of intense pressure. In fact, you can argue that no player is under more heat in 2014 than Tulowitzki. Sure, when Tulo is healthy there is no one on the planet I would rather have in the middle of the infield, but the Rockies’ franchise player is rather fragile to say the least.
Listen to this: Over the last three years, Tulowitzki has managed to only play in 316 games, which means he has been sidelined for 170 games in just the last three years alone! It’s hard to win much of anything when your best player is on the disabled list for half of the season each and every year. Therefore, the pressure is on Tulowitzki to not only stay healthy, but to also show he’s worth the seven-year $134 million extension that he signed back in 2010.
It’s hard to root against a sleek and versatile player like Tulowitzki, yet if he doesn’t manage to play a full season in 2014 then the folks in Colorado may want to go in a different direction.