Troy Tulowitzki trade between the Rockies and Mets is “not happening”

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported yesterday that the Mets and Rockies have been talking about a Troy Tulowitzki deal “for weeks.” However, Mets fans shouldn’t get their hopes up. Here’s an update from former Rockies beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post:

Even Heyman noted yesterday that there was a long way to go in talks and it was far from a certainty that anything would get done. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York gave it a five percent chance of happening while FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal pegged it at 5-10 percent. In other words, not very promising.

There’s certainly an argument to be made for the Mets to just take a chance and make the deal, as Tulowitzki would immediately take them from a “maybe” contender to a “legitimate” contender and reinvigorate the fanbase, but it’s not that simple. Tulowitzki just turned 30 in October and has a long injury history, including hip surgery this past October. He’s also guaranteed $118 million through 2020. It’s unclear if the Mets (and more specifically, the Wilpons) are willing to take on Tulowitzki’s remaining salary. The Mets could ask the Rockies to eat some money in the deal, but that would require them to give up more talent in the return package. Top prospect Noah Syndergaard would likely be the centerpiece of a deal, but Rubin wrote yesterday that the Rockies’ asking price is “bats**t.” And why not, the Rockies would be giving up the face of their franchise. They need a huge haul to justify a trade to their fans. Rockies owner Dick Monfort is close with Tulowitzki and it might be difficult to get him to sign off on a deal. There are hurdles on all sides.

Renck wondered out loud whether some life could be breathed back into the possibility at some point, so maybe the Mets want to see how Tulowitzki feels in the spring before getting serious. Or the Wilpons will never have the desire or financial flexibility to take on his contract and this is all a waste of breath, even if the Rockies are willing to play ball.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.