According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies are planning to meet in person during this week’s general manager’s meetings in Orlando. The topic of conversation? Apparently, it’s centered around superstar Rockies’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
The Cardinals, while obviously being one of the best clubs in baseball for the past few seasons, have lacked consistency up the middle of the diamond, with shortstop being the most glaring weakness. When healthy, Tulowitzki is arguably the best all-around shortstop in baseball, and would be a perfect fit with the Cards (or pretty much any team, for that matter).
Since breaking out during the 2009 season, Tulowitzki has put up a crazy line of .304/.378/.546 and played generally very good defense, winning Gold Glove awards in 2010 and 2011. He only played in 47 games in 2012, however, and followed that up with 126 games played this season.
Passan doesn’t spend too much time delving into who the Rockies might ask for, but the Cardinals still have one of the deepest farm systems in baseball. Last off-season, we heard a bit of steam surrounding the Rangers trading shorstop Jurickson Profar for Cardinals’ top prospect Oscar Taveras, and those talks could always be revisited.
Either way, the Cardinals’ apparent pursuit of a legitimate starting shortstop is certainly something to keep an eye on during this week’s meetings.