The Colorado Rockies signed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a six-year contract extension worth nearly $120 million in 2010. It is one of the most ludicrous contracts in baseball right now and the Rockies may try to find a way this month to dump the contract on some team.
Tulowitzki told the media Saturday about his yearning to play for a contending team:
“In Todd Helton, there’s someone who’s easy to look at his career here and how it played out. I have the utmost respect for Todd, but at the same time, I don’t want to be the next in line as somebody who was here for a long time and didn’t have a chance to win every single year,” said Tulowitzki, reviewing the 17 years Helton spent as the face of a franchise that never won a division title. “He played in a couple postseason games and went to one World Series. But that’s not me. I want to be somewhere where there’s a chance to be in the playoffs every single year.”
Tulowitzki’s dissatisfaction with the Rockies’ organization is going to get him out of Colorado quickly as long as a team is willing to take his mega deal or at least most of it with him.
Although the New York Mets are not serious contenders at this moment, the organization does have the pieces to make a significant trade for Tulowitzki. The pitching depth on the Mets does not live up to any other farm system in baseball right now. New York has pitchers like Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Gabriel Ynoa and Marcos Molina to dabble with. New York could also look to dump Ruben Tejada in a potential deal as well.
The Mets have the pieces, but would the team be willing to compromise on a deal for the Rockies’ shortstop? New York would have to analyze how many games Tulowitzki could potentially give them until 2020 because he has not played in more than 150 games in 2009.
His numbers do not lie, though. He is a career .299/.374/.517 hitter with 599 RBIs and more than 1,000 hits. Away from Coors Field in his career, he hits a mere .275/.349 /.470, which is not bad for someone who is a hitting machine in Denver.
Putting Tulowitzki in a lineup with Curtis Granderson and David Wright would definitely give Mets fans something to cheer about for the future.