The Colorado Rockies have a handful amount of superstars on their roster. Two that stand out the most are left fielder Carlos Gonzalez and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who with their talent carry the bulk of the production.
One would believe having two big boppers and all-stars could bring winning baseball to Colorado. Unfortunately, that is more difficult than it sounds, especially this season in the National League.
Dead last in the National League West and on their way to a third straight fifth place finish in the division, the Rockies are at a crossroads with their prized players.
Flirting with the Texas Rangers for the worst record in baseball, the Rockies have also got worse before displaying shoots of recovery.
Troubles in Colorado
Both players have expressed their displeasure at losing constantly and are looking for change that can lead a direction towards the Rockies first postseason appearance since 2009.
Tulowitzki has been the most outspoken about the situation and gripped on making changes to get out of the losing funk - and he is the unquestioned leader of the Rockies clubhouse.
Gonzalez, who has had mixed feelings about the performance in Colorado over the past couple seasons, has stated he is happy in a Rockies uniform.
Before Troy went down with a hip injury, he was having quite a season. An All-Star and a Home Run Derby participant, the shortstop was hitting .340 with 21 home runs and 52 runs batted in.
Gonzalez, on the other hand, was struggling to battle injuries and put together decent numbers. The outfielder hit .238 with 11 homers and 38 RBI’s.
So if Gonzalez and Tulowitzki are potentially packing their bags and heading to other cities, where would they go?
There have been rumors of one heading to the Mets (Carlos) and the other heading to the Yankees (Troy). Another rumor involves both heading to the Mets or the Yankees, who seem to be the front running suitors for a trade.
Tulowitzki is in the middle of a 10-year, $157.75 million contract (which began in 2010) while Gonzalez is in a seven-year, $80 million deal (began in 2011).
New York Mets interest?
The Mets have expressed interest in Gonzalez over Tulo before and have not lost focus on obtaining the outfielder. With three years and $34 million left on his contract, the Mets could manage to afford his contract.
However, it could go down to what Gonzalez wants unless the Mets offer a few key pieces in a buffering deal.
New York Yankees interest?
Tulowitzki’s contract is something the Yankees would be able to afford with five years and $78.875 million left on his deal. Besides, the Colorado shortstop has said before he would love to play in pinstripes someday.
Many believe playing in Yankee Stadium, in all seriousness, isn’t an ideal destination for Tulo.
Other teams make sense but New York is far from a permanent landing spot for the talented shortstop as Derek Jeter’s successor (Tulo has #2 as his number mainly due to his fandom and appreciation of Jeter).
Yet, it is not safe to rule out the Yankees. As of now, it is more likely to see Gonzalez head out to another team than Tulowitzki swapping with something other than black and purple.
Maybe the Rockies can turn things around and put together a team that could be a threat in not only the NL West but the entire National League.
But working with a small market budget and with most of their total salary spent on the guaranteed money in both their superstars’ contracts, very little can be put in to acquire and sign role players to play along with Tulo and CarGo.