Jul 13, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) hits a double during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Coors Field. The Twins won 13-5. Image Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki talks St. Louis Cardinals trade rumors

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki spoke about St. Louis Cardinals trade rumors this week while in Minneapolis for the 2014 MLB All Star-Game.

There’s no denying Tulo is not happy with the Rockies right now. He wants to play for a contender. The Rockies have not been in the postseason since 2009 when they lost 3-1 in the NLDS to eventual National League champions Philadelphia Phillies. Prior to that, The Rockies fell to the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 World Series.

Derrick Goold reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Tulo has spoken with his former Rockies teammate and mentor, Matt Holliday.

“There is no doubt I heard the rumors,” said Tulowitzki, who started at shortstop and batted third for Matheny’s NL lineup. “There’s no doubt I talked to him about it. Until the team makes a move, I’m on the Rockies and I have to do everything I possibly can (for them).”

It’s no secret that the New York Yankees will have an opening at shortstop at the start of the 2015 season. Would that be of interest to Tulo? Of course, it would! Seeing as how he chose #2 for his jersey, it’s not a surprise to see Tulo quoted in The New York Post as saying:

“No doubt, I think everybody knows that. Everybody wants that perfect story, whoever it may be. Whether it’s me or somebody else who took over for Derek, no doubt, it makes for a great story.

“But right now it’s just talk until it gets closer to happening in the offseason. I think I’m not going to comment on that further. I think it’s one of those things (where) right now, I’m just about the second half of the season.”

Regardless, acquiring Tulo would be high. I would imagine any combination of players such as Oscar Taveras, Carlos Martinez, Kolten Wong, Matt Adams, Stephen Piscotty, Marco Gonzales, James Ramsey, Rob Kaminsky, Carson Kelly, and even Allen Craig would be mentioned in talks between the Cardinals and Rockies. Whether that conversation is this month or at the Winter Meetings, I don’t know. The simple fact of the matter is that the Cardinals need to replace Molina’s bat in the lineup.

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  • mnelson52

    I think his price would hurt our future.

    • Greg Spaulding

      I don’t think he’s worth what we’d have to give up so I agree. Way too big of a contract and with his injury history this would not make sense. Stanton makes more sense being younger and not yet saddled with a mega deal although that will come soon enough. I think our offense is actually turning the corner now. Wong is starting to hit as is Peralta. Consistency though is obviously the key. For me the Cardinals need another starter more than an offensive guy. Price would be the perfect fit. Lefty that goes deep into games and is hungry to win. Problem is they’d ask for Taveras or Martinez or both. But if they like Miller and he could be the centerpiece along with Ramsey and maybe Alex Reyes I’d do the deal. Of course the key would be resigning Price after 2015 for three or four years.

      • LegalAmerican

        It comes down to whether or not you want to win right now. I’d argue that with Tulo, you’d be knocking on the doorstep of a World Series win. I know if I was a Cardinals fan, i’d want that one player who would push my team to the top even if it was only for the next two seasons. I’m not saying mortgage the whole farm, but i’d give up a few pieces if that’s what it would take.

        • Greg Spaulding

          Right but I want to win now and in the future and I think we can win with this team this year and beyond, but not if we give up part of our future. The fact is Holliday is in his thirties, Craig is approaching thirty but seems older with his gimpy ankles, Molina early thirties, Wainwright in his early thirties. Its good to have a mix of the old and the new. And the new or core of young players we have with Adams, Wong, Martinez, and Taveras is the present and the future. I’d rather not give that up just for a one or two year return. I don’t like three for one or four for one deals especially when the three or four are contributing right now.

  • Alex Rodman

    We should give the Rockies piscotty, Ramsey, and Craig for Tulo and move peralta to right and Taveras to center.

    • Gregg J.

      Can Peralta play right? Two weeks ago I would have said move Peralta to third and Carpenter to second. I think Wong felt the pressure and stopped up.

      • Alex Rodman

        Peralta has played left before and right is much different from left.

  • Cory Jones

    Personally, I would want the Cards to trade for Stanton, and Tulo. If they are going to do one, I say do both. We have the pieces to definelty still have a competitive minor league system, it just will come down to how bad Mo wants the players. The Cardinals are already considered one of the best teams in all of baseball, but if they got Tulo, and Stanton, and somehow kept Taveras, they could have the best starting lineup in MLB History.

    • Patrick

      You want to get 2 of the best players in the game and not give up your best prospect? May as well pick up Trout and Kershaw too while you’re at it. What lineup that would be!

      • Cory Jones

        The Cardinals have the prospects to land Tulo and Stanton without really hurting their farm system. There are just fan favorites we do not want to get rid of easily. Tulo has always been great but there is his age as well, and his contract. So if the Rockies ever decide they want to get younger, they should take in consideration Tulo’s age, and his contract. The Rockies can not get prospects and think that someone is just going to pay his contract as well.

        • LegalAmerican

          Tulo isn’t 40. And his contract is perfectly reasonable and justifiable based on the value he brings to a team. He’d instantly be the Cardinals best player if they were to get him, as he is the best SS in the league and according to many baseball analysts the second best in the game behind Trout. The Rockies CAN get prospects and expect someone to pay his contract, as well as getting a good bat or a great defender in the process.

          • Cory Jones

            Did I ever state he was 40??? Besides everyone knows your production goes done after you hit a certain age, and how the Cardinals have been playing, I don’t know if they want or need Full anymore.

        • Don Scott

          Get real! This would seriously deplete the farm system; each of those guys require a minimum two top-tier prospects, so the Cardinals would hypothetically giving away #1, #2, #3 and #4 of their prospects – minimum.

        • Patrick

          You’re clearly making this up based on how you think it “should be” and haven’t read anything. Getting Tulo would take Taveras + Martinez + extras. Getting Stanton would take Taveras + Martinez + extras. There is no way to get it done without them even if we were to give up “fan favorites.” But I would love to hear your idea for trades that get both of them if you have something in mind. By the way Tulo is 29 years old. His contract is up when he’s 35.

  • Morte Bene

    Please Cardinals – get Tulo! He deserves better than the constant mediocrity he (and us fans too) is getting from the Monforts and their pet idiot GM O’Dowd. People go to Rockies games as a social event here, not as baseball fans. So win or lose, the Monforts make money, and they honestly don’t give a crap about the real fans as long as enough of the debutant families, hipster and others show up as paying customers. Tulo deserves better. Trade him to a real baseball club in a real baseball town, St Louis. Put him next to Matt Holiday’s locker.

  • Don Scott

    With so many Cardinal starters going 5 innings and running up pitch counts I hope Mo can find a stud mid- to late-inning guy so Matheny can try and play a little Tony La Russa mix and match and recreate a 3-4 inning stud relief core.