Troy Tulowitzki is staying in Colorado. At least for the time being. The veteran shortstop's name has been mentioned in trade rumors over the last few weeks, but according to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, the Rockies are not expected to deal Tulowitzki before the end of the month.
Tulowitzki drew a notable amount of interest last winter, but Rockies General Manager Jeff Bridich told Saunders a lot of the talks were overblown. While dealing Tulowitzki would likely help the Rockies acquire pitching help and a handful of prospects, the club is not likely to move its starting shortstop, who is batting .314/.353/.472 to complement nine home runs and 46 RBIs through 78 games in 2015.
While Tulowitzki might want an opportunity to play for a contender, a trade would also allow the Rockies to dispose of his extensive contract. He is due a minimum of $104 million from 2016 through 2020 and has a club option worth $15 million for 2021 with a $4 million buyout.
New York has expressed a notable amount of interest in Tulowitzki in the past, Saunders adds, and since the Mets have a significant amount of young starting pitching, the two clubs could match-up and agree to a deal. However, with Steven Matz sidelined for at least three weeks, the Mets might be hesitant to move any of their controllable starters.
Tulowitzki's history of injuries might make opposing clubs reconsider trading for him. He has proven to be an All-Star and plus defensive shortstop and although the Rockies are sitting at 38-49, the organization will likely opt to keep him because of his presence as a core player.
If the Rockies struggle after the All-Star break, the club could consider dealing Tulowitzki. But as he heads to Cincinnati to take Dee Gordon's spot on the National League's All-Star roster, he is expected to remain with Colorado for the rest of the season.