The New York Mets are beginning to show the promise that management has been preaching to the fans over the last few years. The young players like Travis d’Arnaud, Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom are starting to show why they are such coveted prospects. However, even with the young players playing well, the Mets are still missing two big bats, specifically at shortstop and left field, and it is keeping them from being legit contenders.
That is why the Mets have to go all-in and acquire Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies.
Tulowitzki is arguably the best shortstop in baseball right now. This season, his slash line reads .340/.432/.603. He has 21 home runs and 71 RBIs. He has also been relatively healthy this year, only missing nine games. The Rockies are 20 games under .500 and are clearly out of playoff contention. They have come out and said they do not plan on trading Tulowitzki, but this is where Sandy Alderson must channel his inner Don Corleone and make the Rockies an offer they can’t refuse.
The Mets have a plethora of young arms, the biggest asset in the game of baseball today. They have Wheeler, deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, all of whom are under the age of 25. The Mets could throw one or two of those pitchers in a package with a solid minor league fielder prospect, possibly Wilmer Flores or Ruben Tejada, to give the Rockies a shortstop in a potential deal.
The main attraction for the Rockies would be the pitchers, and the Mets can afford to lose them. They could even throw in a veteran guy like Dillon Gee or Jonathon Niese along with a young arm. Tulowitzki is a guy who is worth everything the team would have give up to get him.
The Mets are starting to find themselves and they are close to becoming contenders. They need a big-time bat to put them into the conversation in the NL East. The guy they need to get is Tulowitzki, and they need to do whatever it takes.