By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on July 25, 2014
Just days before the MLB Trade Deadline, rumors are resurfacing about the New York Mets' interest in shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The Mets' interest in Tulo is nothing new, and obviously they could use an impact bat like that in their lineup. A large contingent of fans have long coveted Tulo and campaigned for the team to trade for him. But here are five reasons why such a trade will never happen, nor should it.
The Mets may seem like a perfect fit for Tulowitzki, but there are a lot of teams all over baseball that will be interested if Colorado makes him available in a trade. Trading for Tulo isn't as simple as some fans make it seem, and with so many teams likely to throw their hat in the ring, it'll be tough for the Mets to make a winning bid.
Starting next season, Tulowitzki will earn $ 20 million per year for the next five seasons. The Mets don't have the payroll to take on that contract considering their commitments to David Wright, Curtis Granderson and others. The Mets will need to increase the payroll to well over $ 100 million in order to afford Tulowitzki and fill out the rest of their roster, and there's nothing to indicate that will happen anytime soon.
If the Mets trade for Tulowitzki, they'll need him to be an everyday player. But he hasn't played 150 games in a season since 2009, and he's not going to get there this season either. Making such a long-term financial commitment to a player who's almost 30 and has already experienced significant injuries is not a wise move for the Mets.
If Tulowitzki asks for a trade, he'll want to go to a contender, a description that doesn't exactly fit the Mets in recent years. He also has a no-trade clause, so even if the Mets and Rockies agree on a deal, Tulowitzki could nix it. There is talk that he would prefer the Yankees over the Mets where there will be an opening at shortstop next season, and the Mets may not be able to convince Tulowitzki to comes to Queens.
The Mets likely have the prospects who can deliver Tulowitzki in a trade, but that doesn't mean they should. Tulowitzki is arguably a top-10 player in baseball, and considering the long list of suitors, the price to trade for him could easily end up being well above market value. The Mets would have to give up way too much for an injury-prone player with a massive contract.
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