Report: Cardinals, Rockies may talk Troy Tulowitzki trade

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Would Troy Tulowitzki be a fit in St. Louis? (USATSI)
Would Troy Tulowitzki be a fit in St. Louis? (USATSI)

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At the upcoming GM meetings, the Cardinals and Rockies may talk about a major trade involving Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, reports Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan. According to Passan, the two sides have already engaged in informal trade talks.

The Cardinals are known to be in the market for an upgrade at shortstop after getting basement-level production from Pete Kozma in 2013. They have a surfeit of young pitching from which to deal, and the Rockies, denizens of Coors Field, are always in the hunt for young pitching.

Of the Rockies' previous claims that Tulowitzki isn't going anywhere, Passan writes:

While Rockies ownership has said publicly it has no intentions of trading Tulowitzki, privately it continues to weigh advantages of freeing itself from the final seven years and $134 million guaranteed remaining on his contract against the loss of a superstar and the public-relations hit of trading a beloved homegrown player.

Needless to say, this would be a blockbuster. Tulowitzki is a standout defender at short, and for his career he owns an OPS+ of 120 to go with two Silver Sluggers. Besides that big contract, though, he also has health concerns, as Tulowitzki has lost more than 250 games to injury across parts of eight major-league seasons.

As well, Tulowitzki has a no-trade clause, which means, of course, that he'd have to approve a trade to St. Louis. As Passan notes, though, former teammate and current Cardinal Matt Holliday could be persuasive on that front.

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