NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s hope, but don’t count on it.
According to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Mets are still interested in trading for Rockies superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
But as has previously been reported, both clubs will have to overcome some hurdles and make some concessions if a deal is going to be made. According to Heyman, issues holding up the trade include which players the Mets would send to Colorado and how much of Tulowitzki’s $118 million contract the Rockies would absorb.
General manager Sandy Alderson isn’t the only one interested in landing the four-time All-Star.
Despite acquiring Didi Gregorius at the beginning of the month, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has checked in on Tulowitzki’s availability.
Heyman reports that Rockies GM Jeff Bridich might not part with Tulowitzki unless the offer is simply too good to turn down. Alderson would almost certainly have to part with prized pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard in a deal for Tulo, though Bridich might ask for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler in a package, as well.
That price would likely be too steep for Alderson.
Tulowitzki reportedly loves playing in Colorado, though it’s been well-documented that he’d more than welcome the opportunity to be Derek Jeter’s replacement in the Bronx.
The Mets have more quality prospects to offer the Rockies than the Yankees do, though Cashman has some pieces that might intrigue Bridich. Luis Severino, 20, is very well-regarded by scouts, though Heyman reports that the Yankees would be very reluctant to part with dominant reliever Dellin Betances in a deal.
Tulowitzki was brilliant in an injury-shortened season on 2014. In just 91 games, the 20-year-old hit .340 with 21 homers and a .432 on-base percentage.
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