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There’s no doubting the fact that Tulowitzki is the best shortstop in the game when he’s healthy. That’s the big question. His health. He’s been often injured over the course of his career and his contract would come at a hefty price as he would be paid $114 million through the 2020 season. As for 2021, it’s either picking up his option for $15 million or buying him out for $4 million.
Gonzalez, on the other hand, is owed only $53 million for the next three seasons. He was limited to playing 70 games last season due to both finger and knee surgeries. He hit .238/.292/.431 when he was in the lineup. He has three Gold Gloves under his name and was a Silver Slugger recipient following the 2010 season.
With both players undergoing surgery in August, we won’t really know how well they have progressed until closer to Spring Training.
With a multitude of prospects in the outfield and Jhonny Peralta playing shortstop, it’s not in the Cardinals best interests to trade for either player. The Rockies are looking for pitching and that’s not an area in which the Cardinals would like to trade right now as their current asking price does not take into account an injury discount as Ken Rosenthal notes.