The Mets have pretty much nothing going for them at shortstop. And that means in the field or with the bat. Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores are both young guys with a lot of potential, but the Mets won 79 games last year and could be in a great spot to actually contend in 2015 if they get serious production from shortstop. And you absolutely know that the Mets would love to steal at least some of the spotlight from the struggling New York Yankees. It's not always about wins in the Big Apple, it's also about headlines. Tulowitzki gives them the headlines, but he also brings a golden glove and a silver bat. When he's healthy, he's a perennial MVP candidate.Read more... Join the Conversation...
By Joe Lemere
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The Colorado Rockies have been talking about trading All Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki ever since the start of the offseason. While the New York Yankees, the team once thought to be the most logical place because of his desires to play there, have passed for the time being, the other New York team could be a potential landing spot.
The New York Mets have reportedly been talking to the Rockies for several weeks now on a possible deal to bring Tulowitzki to Queens, as per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. A deal from the Mets would likely center around pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard.
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"The Mets and Rockies have been quietly discussing a potential Troy Tulowitzki blockbuster for weeks, though it isn't known yet whether New York will have a decent chance to complete such a deal. Prized Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is said to be the centerpiece of discussions revolving around a potential package of young players in a possible deal for Tulo, though it seems like there is still quite a ways to go to have a chance to complete such a monster trade. New York and Colorado have been stealthily talking names for weeks, and while there's said to be some progress, it still feels like they are almost in the early stages with several hurdles to go, including ultimately whether the Rockies-owning Monfort brothers would sign off on such a deal for their beloved superstar shortstop."
By Joe Lemere
Despite leaving clues to the contrary this whole offseason, the Colorado Rockies' search for another starting pitcher isn't dead. Uneventful, but not dead.Thomas Harding has reported that the Rox have targeted four free agent pitchers, although a deal with any would still be a ways away. The four names — Josh Johnson, Aaron Harang, Kevin Correia and Kyle Kendrick — won't blow you away, the team has three solid starters and seems to be content with simply filling out the rotation. All four fit the bill for that purpose.
According to various reports, Johnson is on the verge of re-signing with the San Diego Padres, so he is effectively out. Out as well is Aaron Harang. He had a good 2014 for the Atlanta Braves, pitching over 200 innings, but nearing age 37 and pitching half his games in Coors Field would surely cut into that. He also gives up quite a few homers, something Rockies management is certainly wary of.
The next two guys on the list are the ones who may become Rockies for the 2015 season. Kevin Correia spent last year with the Twins and the Dodgers, posting poor numbers for both. What interests the Rockies in Correia is probably his ground ball rate of 43.58 percent and his career ERA of 4.03 at Coors Field.Read more... Join the Conversation...
By Joe Lemere
So far this offseason, the Colorado Rockies have made very little noise. They've acquired relief pitcher Jairo Diaz and signed utility infielder Daniel Descalso. The everyday lineup doesn't need many alterations, but both the starting rotation and bullpen are in desperate need of an upgrade. There are no answers for why the front office hasn't addressed the relievers, but there is a possible answer to why the rotation remains untouched.
Rockies GM Jeff Bridich had said at the onset of the offseason that finding another starting pitcher was imperative. Why, then, have the Rockies done absolutely nothing to the rotation if it was the team's number one goal this winter? The answers floating around out there all tend to skew negative, but what if the answer is actually a positive for the team in 2015 and beyond.
Instead of bringing in outside help to bolster the staff, the Rox may be bringing in reinforcements from within. The four pitchers slated for next year's rotation are Jorge De La Rosa, Jordan Lyles, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Matzek. That leaves one slot still needed to be filled, and that spot could be reserved for Eddie Butler.Read more... Join the Conversation...
By Joe Lemere
If the Colorado Rockies are looking to improve the pitching staff and not break the bank, they'll probably have to explore the trade market. All of the potential trades that have included the Rockies have either gone bust or were extremely unlikely to happen in the first place.
The latest trade rumor involving the Rox was Justin Morneau to the Miami Marlins. The Marlins were in desperate need of a first baseman, and Morneau fit the bill of what they were looking for to a T. Instead of swinging Justin Morneau for a young pitcher, the Rockies front office once again took a wait and see approach. But the Marlins didn't wait and see, they went out and signed Michael Morse to a two-year, $16 million contract. An opportunity to get better was wasted by management.
The Rox have a very talented and deep outfield, thus the interest of other big league teams in trading for one of them. The big name in the outfield is obviously Carlos Gonzalez, but his injury history and big contract made his trade rather unlikely. Corey Dickerson received a ton of interest at the winter meetings, but management wasn't impressed by an offer enough to consider trading him. Charlie Blackmon was getting some inquiries from the Seattle Mariners, but nothing materialized. Drew Stubbs could have also been a part of a trade to net the Rox a pitcher, but still no moves were made.Read more... Join the Conversation...