The Rockies are willing to listen to trade offers on stars Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, according to a report from FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal notes that the team is keeping their "eyes and ears open" in regards to the possibility of trading both players, but that they are not currently shopping them.
Today's news comes as a departure from the team's previous stance, as owner Dick Monfort has publicly stated that he wants to keep both Tulowitzki and Gonzalez in Denver for multiple seasons. Under new general manager Jeff Bridich, the Rockies may be taking a different approach after four straight losing seasons.
Gonzalez, 29, will surely draw trade interest from teams looking for outfield help this winter, but the Rockies would be wise not to deal him due to his stock being lower than ever after a down year. Gonzalez hit only .238 with eleven home runs in 70 games in 2014, marking his first season with a batting average under .284 since 2008. The Mets have been consistently linked to CarGo in trade rumors over the last few seasons, but may be dissuaded from pursuing Gonzalez due to the $53 million owed to him over the next three seasons.
Tulowitzki comes at an even larger price, being owed a guaranteed $118 million through the 2020 season. His season was also shortened by injuries, but he was excellent in the 90 games he played, hitting .340/.432/.603 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI. The rumors swirling about a potential Tulowitzki-to-the-Yankees trade have been swirling for years, and are only going to pick up steam now that Derek Jeter has retired.