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.
“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.