DENVER (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Mets might want to think twice about Colorado sluggers Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
The knock on both players leading up to last month’s trade deadline was durability — or a lack thereof. Would the oft-injured stars, locked up for years to come, be able to stay on the field?
The answer is no — at least for the rest of 2014.
The Rockies already lost Tulowitzki, who will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Now Gonzalez is done for the year with surgery on his left knee scheduled for Monday.
The team made the announcement Thursday night, saying Gonzalez will have his patella tendon repaired.
The Mets were front and center in the Tulowitzki and Gonzalez talk in July. One the deadline passed, reports indicated the team could heat up talks with Colorado in the offseason.
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.
It’s been an injury-riddled year for Gonzalez, who is on the disabled list with not only an aching left knee but a sprained right ankle. He was out earlier this season after doctors found and removed a small tumor in his left index finger.
With all his ailments, the outfielder struggled at the plate. He hit .238 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs.
Tulowitzki, 29, was having a far better season, batting .340 with 21 home runs and 52 RBIs. But the shortstop hasn’t been able to stay on the field in the last three years.
“I’m looking forward to getting back and playing the game I love,” Tulowitzki said Wednesday, according to MLB.com. “I will do everything I can to perform at a high level for the rest of my career. This should answer a lot of the leg issues I have had in my past.”
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