Tulowitzki: 'I'm sick and tired of losing ... Something needs to change'

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Troy Tulowitzki is not at all happy with the way things are going for the Rockies.
Troy Tulowitzki is not at all happy with the way things are going for the Rockies. (USATSI)

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After a strong start to the season, the Rockies currently have the second worst record in baseball at 45-68. They've gone 23-54 in their last 78 games and are headed for a third straight last place finish in the NL West.

Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is fed up with the losing and he did not shy away from letting everyone know how he feels earlier this week. Here's what he told Nick Groke of the Denver Post:

"I think that's why I came out numerous times and said I want to win," Tulowitzki said. "It doesn't mean I want out of here. It means I'm sick and tired of losing.

"Something needs to change. Hopefully that comes fairly quickly. You can't force it. But at the same time, we're all frustrated with this year — especially me."

Tulowitzki went on to call the Red Sox "kind of the model team" because they "blew things up and then next year they're right back in contention."

As Jon Heyman reported a few weeks ago, Tulowitzki subtly let the team know he would be open to a trade. He is currently on the disabled list with a hip injury and recently showed up at Yankee Stadium while on the disabled list, prompting a whirlwind of trade rumors.

Tulowitzki, 29, still leads the league in batting average (.340), on-base percentage (.432) and slugging percentage (.603). He has also swatted 21 home runs while playing elite defense at shortstop, making him one of the four or five best players in the world, at least when healthy.

The Rockies owe Tulowitzki approximately $123 million through the 2020 season. That's a ton of money but actually a bit of a bargain for a player of this caliber. Tulowitzki would fetch much more than that if he was a free agent this winter.

Despite his injuries, the Rockies would have no trouble finding a trade partner for Tulowitzki. I assume their preference is to win with him as the centerpiece of the team, however.

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