Let me state for the record I have a great deal of respect for Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and the outstanding job he does. However, his Friday column offered a mindblowing suggestion. He wrote in his piece a hypothetical of the Colorado Rockies dealing Troy Tulowtizki to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Allen Craig, Trevor Rosenthal, Shelby Miller and a lower level prospect.
To point out, this is purely hypothetical. Rosenthal reported in his column that Rockies owner Dick Monfort said to the Denver Post he always plans on keeping Tulo, as well as Carlos Gonzalez.
As for what Ken Rosenthal suggested, that’s about as exciting of a blockbuster as any. It’s also one of, if not the most unrealistic trade hypothetical I have ever heard of.
At first glance, it could be beneficial to both teams. After Pete Kozma batted .400 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLDS, he batted .067 in the NLCS and did not record a single hit in 10 at-bats in the World Series. Replacing Kozma in a potential future Hall of Famer in Tulowitzki may sound very appealing for Cardinal fans, but Tulo isn’t always healthy. As Ken Rosenthal pointed out, he has appeared in more than 126 games just once over the past four seasons. Not to mention he’s 29 and if this trade somehow happened, he would be 30 in the midst of the 2014 postseason, should the Cardinals qualify.
John Mozeliak is a brilliant general manager. There is no question about that. However, it’s hard to imagine he would trade off one of the best first basemen in the game in Allen Craig. Had he played a few more games, he would have eclipsed 100 RBI in both 2012 and 2013.
There’s very little chance of Shelby Miller winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award. That’s only because of the buzz saw of Yasiel Puig and Jose Fernandez. Still, the fact he is a finalist with those two is a testament to his magnificent performance.
The 23-year-old right hander Miller was outstanding this season. In fact, one can just ask the Rockies, and he what did to them on May 10. He gave up a lead off single and then retired the next 27 batters in a row. Miller struck out 13 that night.
Also 23 is Trevor Rosenthal. Edward Mujica had the closer job for most of the season when Jason Motte went due to injury. However, Mujica struggled down the stretch, and Mike Matheny went with a closer by committee, and Trevor Rosenthal emerged. The result was a lights out postseason. He recorded 2 saves against the Pirates in the NLDS and one of each against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS and the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. It would be hard to picture Mozeliak giving up a dangerous bat and two very young arms for a player even of Tulowitzki’s caliber.
The Rockies meanwhile, would likely not trade their heart and soul, their franchise in Tulowitzki. People could make a case he has been the best shortstop in the National League since his rookie season in 2007. Despite playing in a limited number of games, when healthy, he is a perennial MVP candidate. He has had two top five finishes and three top tens. He has both a pair of gold gloves and silver sluggers to his resume.
Not to mention, this is a Rockies team that is improving. This team won 64 games in 2012 and 74 games in 2013. That’s obviously not the turnaround the Red Sox had, but it looks like this team is in good hands with Walt Weiss at the helm, and Tulowitzki can be credited for the team’s improvement. He made his third All Star team in 2013 and is sure to finish nicely in the MVP voting.
If the Rockies were looking to start over and rebuild, this would be a tremendous deal, but they’re moving up, and Tulo is a big reason why.
This trade would bring fireworks. Peopled buzzed about the deal the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays pulled off last year, only for nothing special to happen. Both teams finished in last place in 2013. This trade would actually give fans and the press very good reason to buzz about. One team came two wins shy of winning the World Series, while another is seeing themselves in the right direction. This trade would truly be one for the ages.
This trade, however, is simply hypothetical, and from the looks of things, is all it’ll ever be.
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