The rumor mill is buzzing. The Cardinals have shown interest in Colorado’s all star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. According to several media reports, the Cardinals talked to the Rockies about Tulowitzki’s availability at the Winter Meetings, then backed off when it appeared Rafael Furcal’s elbow would be completely healed in time for the season.
It’s clear now that Furcal still has health issues, so the Cardinals may be back in the market for an everyday shortstop. Tulowitzki is a health risk himself. He missed much of last season with a groin injury. But Tulowitzki has performed well so far this spring, shown no signs of being slowed by the injury, and says he feels great.
The Rockies are listening to offers for The rumor mill is buzzing. The Cardinals have shown interest in Colorado’s all star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki because of his huge contract. He’s signed for another eight years for more than $100 million. He earned that contract by being one of the best players in the game. He’s a two time gold glove winning shortstop, and a middle of the order hitter. In 2011 he hit 32 homers, with 92 rbi’s, and a .315 batting average. When he’s healthy, he’s the best shortstop in the game, and he appears to be healthy now.
Taking on the Tulowitzki contract would be a heavy load, especially while trying to re-sign Adam Wainwright. The Cardinals have a number of big contracts coming off the books next year. Carlos Beltran, Chris Carpenter, Jake Westbrook and Furcal all have contracts expiring. That’ll be almost $50 million in salary the Cardinals will shed.
They should be able to afford Tulowitzki and Wainwright both, with several very inexpensive pitchers and position players ready to assume major league roles.
The Cardinals have the kind of attractive prospects the Rockies would like to acquire in return. Matt Adams for starters. He’s big league ready but blocked at first base by Allen Craig. The Cards could probably package Adams with one of their young, fire balling pitchers and land Tulowitzki.
If the Rockies would accept a deal like that I think the Cardinals should do it. It’s not often you get a chance to acquire one of the premier players in the game. Tulowitski is only 28 years old and should have several all star caliber seasons left in him. The Cardinals don’t have any prime shortstop prospects in the minors. They wouldn’t need one with Tulowitski signed through the 2020 season. He’s expensive, yes. But he’s also proven he’s among the truly elite players in baseball. If the Cards can get an all star quality shortstop for a couple of rookies who might develop into a good players, and there’s never a guarantee of that, they should pull the trigger on the deal.