He wants a trade and then he does not. Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has gained national attention after reportedly considering requesting a trade, however that issue may now be put aside. The Rockies announced Tulowitzki exited Friday night's contest against the Dodgers with left quadriceps tightness and he is listed as day-to-day.
Tulowitzki met with his agent on Thursday to determine if asking to be traded was something that would prove to be beneficial. However, on Friday afternoon, USA Today's Ted Berg confirmed the veteran shortstop will not ask for a trade. Rockies General Manager Jeff Bridich has also said the club is not open to trading Tulowitzki, according to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, and blamed the rumors on media speculation.
The Tulowitzki Timebomb
The New York Post initially reported the meeting between Tulowitzki and his agent, Paul Cohen, earlier this week, and quoted Cohen stating "to say that it is not a possibility would be silly" with regard to a trade.
Before Bridich noted Colorado was not open to moving Tulowitzki, the expectation was the Rockies were open to trading him to a contending team. San Diego, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and the Mets could all be open to upgrading at shortstop and adding Tulowitzki would likely result in infield stability. Colorado has not been interested in trading Carlos Gonzalez and may feel the same way about Tulowitzki.
Although he is listed as day-to-day, if Tulowitzki is out of the lineup for the next few days, the Rockies may opt to place him on the disabled list. Doing so may make it more difficult to trade him moving forward, as some teams may be skeptical about the health of the 30-year old infielder, who is also coming off of hip surgery.
Daniel Descalso replaced Tulowitzki in Friday's contest and could do so if Tulowitzki is out for a significant amount of time. Descalso, 28, has posted a .086/.179/.086 batting line in 39 plate appearances this season. Tulowitzki is batting .289/.297/.456 to complement two home runs and 11 RBIs.