NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s looking like there won’t be any major moves in Flushing. At least not ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
The Mets have been front and center in the speculation surrounding Colorado Rockies stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, but talks “haven’t gotten off the ground,” according to WFAN and CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
If the Mets want to make a power play for one of the oft-injured sluggers, it’ll likely happen during the offseason, Heyman reported.
“Unless we do speed dating, I think that’s safe to say (that any deal will wait until winter),” a source involved in the discussions told Heyman.
On Tuesday, WFAN’s Ed Coleman reported the Mets were leaning toward Gonzalez over Tulowitzki, who would put the team on the hook for at least $118 million through the 2020 season. Gonzalez is owed $53 million over the next three years.
Tulowitzki, 29, is batting .340 with 21 home runs and 52 RBIs. Gonzalez isn’t the same hitter at .243/10/36, but would fill New York’s need for an outfield power bat.
“There was a suggestion that the Rockies were waiting for a call Monday that never came, but a Mets person denied they neglected to call,” Heyman reported on CBSSports.com.
Complicating matters is the thought that Rockies ownership might not be sold on moving Tulowitzki — or they could help the shortstop find a preferred landing spot. Many believe that would be in the Bronx, where he could take over for his idol, Derek Jeter.
The Mets are overflowing with prospects, especially on the mound. Towering right-hander Noah Syndergaard would be a name to watch in any trade talks, and general manager Sandy Alderson is reportedly prepared to include him in a deal for Tulowitzki.
Meanwhile, it doesn’t look like any minor moves are on the horizon, either. There hasn’t been much on the Bartolo Colon front, and there’s “nothing brewing” at shortstop, according to ESPN.
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