Flashback two years ago during the Major League Baseball trade deadline where the Colorado Rockies were shopping All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. What team was actively involved, you ask? Look no further than the New York Mets.
The Mets, as you know, defeated the Los Angles Dodgers in the decisive game five matchup of the NLDS Thursday night on TBS. Daniel Murphy hit the go-ahead solo home run off Dodgers pitcher Zach Greinke in the sixth inning to send his team to the NLCS.
Back to the point — the Mets passing on Troy Tulowitzki two years ago was a blessing in disguise. Why do I say that? Well, look at the way New York has built their rotation. Outside of Matt Harvey, New York has relied on newcomers such as Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergarrd and Steven Matz — all players potentially rumored to be apart of a blockbuster package sending Tulowitzki to the Big Apple.
New York reportedly made deGrom off-limits, but Zack Wheeler was a potential candidate to put in a package as well. At one point, the Mets and Rockies even discussed the possibility of swapping Tulowitzki for Syndergaard.
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Quite frankly, New York is better off without Tulowitzki. Just look at the seasons all three of these players have had (excluding playoffs).
Syndergaard: 24 starts, 9-7 with 3.24 ERA; 166 strikeouts.
deGrom: 30 starts, 14-8 with 2.54 ERA; 205 strikeouts.
Matz: 6 starts, 4-0 with 2.27 ERA; 34 strikeouts in 35 innings.
As you can tell, this team is set for years to come regarding their rotation. Not to mention, they are 23, 27 and 24 years old respectively. Talk about youth. Atop their rotation, Matt Harvey is only 26 years young as well. This team will potentially be a fixture in the playoffs for years to come if they can retain these guys.
Heck, looking at the possible deals now from the Rockies perspective, there is no doubt in my mind I would have taken Syndergaard straight-up for Tulo — no doubt. The Mets have even put full trust into their prized rookie, letting him pitch the eighth inning of a one-run game in-game five of the NLDS. Syndergaard made quick work of the Dodgers lineup, recording two strikeouts while lighting up the radar gun. Could you imagine Jon Gray and Noah Syndergaard in the same rotation?
When it’s all said and done, the Mets are extremely fortunate for passing on the injury-prone shortstop in Tulowitzki, keeping their young guns in tact for more potential postseason runs. Hopefully in the Rockies’ case, they didn’t get burned by this — pending the development of their acquisitions Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco from Toronto.