Feb 26, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) poses during photo day at Salt River Fields. Image Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies Trade That Almost Was


It was one of the most talked about trades during the offseason. The St. Louis Cardinals needed a shortstop and Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, when healthy, is an MVP-caliber infielder.


Fans talked about the Cardinals trying to trade for Tulo but nobody knew exactly if the Cardinals would make an offer and, if so, who would the team be willing to give up.

Because of his health, many fans were not too fond of taking on Tulo’s contract as he was owed $134 million during the next seven seasons–including a $4 million buyout for the 2021 club option. Given how many other players that the team had already locked up long-term, it would have been a risk. A risk that some, it seems, did want to take. One of which turned out to be Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.

We now know who the Cardinals offered, much thanks to FOXSports.com senior baseball writer and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

The Cardinals offered right-hander Shelby Miller, first baseman Matt Adams and shortstop Pete Kozma for Tulowitzki before signing free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta last offseason, according to a source.

The consensus during the early part of November was that Matt Adams would be involved in any kind of deal for a shortstop. The left-handed first baseman fit the needs for the Rockies, who saw longtime first baseman Todd Helton retire at the end of the year.

We’ll never know what could have been.

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  • Joe Goebel

    As a Cards fan who lives in Denver, I don’t understand this trade offer? It seems like Tulo is shut down by August every single year. I don’t think Adams is much better than .275 20/80. Kozma is a valuable defensive backup but not much more. Miller on the other hand can become a Cy Young winner and his talent would be wasted in Co.

  • Drew M

    I am so glad this trade did not go through.

  • Carlos Burdine

    No way this is accurate! Why would the Rockies NOT pull the trigger on such a sweetheart deal? You know why…it’s NOT true. Miller alone would have been worth it. Besides, Cards made it clear, they were not dealing any of their young pitching. I must question the validity of this information!