The New York Mets are seeing enough promise this season to think about making trades to bolster their roster both for the short term and for the long haul.
Yes, really. The Mets. This is serious. This narrative has removed itself nicely from the days that we thought Terry Collins might get fired or that they should try to trade David Wright. A World Series contender the Mets are not, but this team is vastly improved and starting to think about bigger things via trade.
The ultimate trade that the Mets could make when it comes to a combination of talent and years of team control is a potential deal with the Colorado Rockies for either Carlos Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki.
Right now the Rockies insist that they have no intentions of trading either guy. According to Joel Sherman, the Mets have said that they want to talk if Colorado changes its mind.
As a symbol of where they are in their rebuilding effort and the growing strength of their farm system, Mets officials have told their Rockies counterparts if Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez are ever made available, they want in on the action…
…The Mets want to add a shortstop (like Tulowitzki) and/or a left fielder (like CarGo) and see those as finishing pieces to being a sustained contender. That the Mets reached out to Colorado suggests a) they have the resources to add a significant long-term contract and b) their farm system is viewed within the sport as elite.
If the Rockies, a team in complete disarray, decide to tear things down in this manner, then they will also receive interest from the Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals, according to Sherman.
There is risk involved with Gonzalez or Tulowitzki because of their injury histories. Even so, a trade for either is the kind of bold move for a star player that would inject serious life into a Mets’ franchise that is already on the rise.