Friday, September 20, 2013
Commentary: Can the Mets Trade for Troy Tulowitzki?
John Harper of the Ny Daily News, raised the question whether the Mets would be players this off-season in the Troy Tulowitzki Sweepstakes. The Mets have two needs in shortstop and outfield, and the Rockies have both Tulo and GarGo to dangle this off-season.
According to multiple reports, the Rockies’ people don't see the Mets as a great match in a deal for either Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez, for whom they’ll also listen to offers.
Harper mentioned that the one prize possession that the Mets could dangle in a package for Tulo is prospect catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who was acquired in the R.A. Dickey deal. Scouts believe d'Arnaud could be an All-Star. One predicted that d’Arnaud could hit 25-30 home runs playing in the thin air in Denver.
Harper also mentions adding Dillon Gee and Rafael Montero to the package to get Tulo would be not far off course.
He ran all of this by a Mets person on Thursday, he didn’t dismiss the possibility.
“We have to be open-minded,” he said. “We have to be ready to be creative.”
The Mets naturally would have to eat the remainder of Tulo's $134 million over the next seven years, including a $4 million buyout for a 2021 option year, and he has been injury-prone during his career. Which why Carlos Gonzalez might be a better fit in Orange and Blue.
But Tulowitzki is one of the true stars in baseball, a power-and-average-hitting shortstop whom scouts still consider one of the best in the game defensively, and he’s a month away from turning 29. So the Mets will be getting him in his prime.
The Mets have a lack of power, but getting any one of these two players would help getting the Mets back on top. The drop-offs of Duda and Davis really hurt the Mets in the first half and they never recovered. First base is also going to be interesting to see whether the Mets will stay with either one of them or go outside the box.
Andy Martino of the Daily News, suggests that the Mets can go in a different direction by looking at such free agent shortstops like Jhonny Peralta or Stephen Drew. Martino does back the point that d'Arnaud makes sense in a deal for Tulo, since Catcher Kevin Plawecki stock is rising. If the Mets do deal d'Arnaud, they could also sign a veteran like Brian McCann - who is a free agent.
Going internally with Ruben Tejada in 2014 could be a true possibility. Terry Collins has stated that he would like to see Tejada win the job in spring training. Tejada has fell out of favor of the front office, that's why change could be needed.
Peralta or Drew would not wow me, But a guy like Tulowitzki could help me believing the Mets are going in the right direction. Of Course, depending what they have to depart with..
Now getting CarGo and Tulo in the same package, would really make me say Holy Shit!