There were rumors earlier this season that the New York Mets would be in pursuit of Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. I for one was not sold on the Mets trying to make a move for Tulo whether it was at this season’s trade deadline or in the offseason. Tulowitzki had been on the disabled list with a hip injury, and now his season will be coming to an end as it was reported yesterday that he will be having season-ending hip surgery.
Yes, Tulo is a great player, but that is when he is on the field. Since he became an everyday player in 2007, Tulo has only played in 150 games or more twice. He has not been durable over the course of his career. Every year he lands on the DL for an extended period of time with an injury. It isn’t worth risking young talent for a guy who simply cannot stay healthy.
It’s no secret that the Mets need help offensively and specifically at shortstop, but Tulo is not their man. I highly doubt he’ll be going anywhere now with this latest setback. It’s a shame that he is always injured, because this year while he was on the field he was fantastic. He was batting .340 with 21 home runs and 52 RBIs in 91 games. Those numbers are very impressive, but again the risk to take on a guy like this is just too high.
The Mets must address their needs in the offseason, but it must be with players who can compete every single day. Tulo just hasn’t been able to do that, and if I was the Mets I would stay far away from him. Even with his latest injury, the Rockies would want a king’s ransom in return for him. I am not okay with dealing young talent for a guy who can’t stay on the field.
This season we saw the Mets play it smart at the trade deadline and stick to their guns. They did not force a trade to happen, and they played their cards right to just stand their ground. I know Mets GM Sandy Alderson won’t go out of his way to make a huge splash, but if he did I know it would have to be for a guy who he knows will be out there for close to 162 games.
Alderson has played it safe thus far as Mets GM, and I don’t see his style changing anytime soon. A deal for Tulowitzki just is not in his nature. He knows that he needs to make moves to take this team to the next level, but not that move. We will see over time what route the Mets go in, but I just hope they stay far, far away from Tulowitzki.