May 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Former Colorado Rockies General Manager Dan O’Dowd is now on record wondering if the New York Mets will make a play for Troy Tulowitzki.
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Trigger alert: Dan O’Dowd is saying things about the Colorado Rockies. If you’re averse to poor management, stop reading right now, because this post will only get worse for you.
For those brave souls among us, if you didn’t know (how could you not know?!), Dan O’Dowd now works for MLB.com and MLB Network, pontificating on trades and players and putting together winning teams, and such. If you can’t do… be a pundit?
Anyways, today he has a post up at MLB.com with bold trade proposals for five surprise contenders, including the New York Mets. And his proposal for the Mets, well, involves Tulo:
"[The Mets] are loaded with power arms, and we’ll get a glimpse of another one of them in Noah Syndergaard — the club’s top prospect who was scheduled to make his Major League debut Tuesday night. However, their lineup just doesn’t quite stand up against the other top teams in the National League. This is most noticeable at shortstop, as Wilmer Flores would make a great bat-first utility infielder, but he is not an everyday shortstop.Proposal: The one player who could take the Mets from contenders to favorites is Troy Tulowitzki. He would not only stabilize the middle infield, but he also has the ability to carry an offense for weeks at a time. Tulowitzki is owed $94 million from 2016-19, but that’s actually a bargain relative to what he would get on the open market.The Rockies need pitching, and the Mets have plenty of young pitchers whom Colorado would want as part of its rebuilding effort. New York could probably build a deal centered around its No. 3 prospect, left-hander Steven Matz, and keep Syndergaard if it wanted to."
Damnit, Dan! The man who wouldn’t trade anybody and probably stuck too long with too many players in too many instances (well, except Jeremy Guthrie) is now proposing the Rockies trade Tulo.
Also, absolutely no disrespect to Steven Matz, who has put up phenomenal numbers in the minor leagues, but I’m skeptical that the “deal centered around” him would include enough talent to ensure that the Rockies don’t, you know, get screwed over in that whole trade-a-superstar move. But hey, that’s just me.
Anyways, prepare for all this “trade Tulo” talk to
continue as July looms, especially if the Rockies continue to slide and it becomes more and more apparent they will not be in contention.
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I’m on the record as being firmly against trading Tulo, but I can respect that there probably are packages and deals that would make it worthwhile.
We’ll see as rumors continue if any of those packages come to fruition, though. In the meantime, somebody get Dan O’Dowd off my TV.
And if you want a much smarter look at the Tulo trade talks (though again, with the Mets as a possibility), read Dave Cameron’s piece on FanGraphs identifying all teams that may have an interest in the Rockies’ shortstop.
Postscript: On a lighter note regarding the former GM, his son Chris O’Dowd is hitting .386/.518/.682 in AA in the Atlanta Braves’ system, so there’s that.