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


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.

Padres claim 2-time All-Star catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from Mets

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SAN DIEGO — The scuffling San Diego Padres claimed catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from the New York Mets.

The two-time All-Star was designated for assignment after playing in three games for the Mets. He went 1 for 6 with three strikeouts and an RBI, looking shaky at times behind the plate.

With the disappointing Padres (24-29) getting meager offensive production at catcher, they hope Sánchez can provide a boost. Austin Nola is batting .131 with three extra-base hits and a paltry .434 OPS in 39 games. His part-time platoon partner, second-stringer Brett Sullivan, is hitting .170 with four extra-base hits and a .482 OPS in 21 games since getting called up from the minors April 16.

Luis Campusano has been on the injured list since April 17 and is expected to be sidelined until around the All-Star break following left thumb surgery.

San Diego is responsible for just over $1 million in salary for Sánchez after assuming his $1.5 million, one-year contract.

The star-studded Padres have lost seven of 11 and are 3-3 on a nine-game East Coast trip. They open a three-game series at Miami.

San Diego becomes the third National League team to take a close look at the 30-year-old Sánchez this season. He spent time in the minors with San Francisco before getting released May 2 and signing a minor league contract a week later with the Mets, who were minus a couple of injured catchers at the time.

After hitting well in a short stint at Triple-A Syracuse, he was promoted to the big leagues May 19. When the Mets reinstated catcher Tomás Nido from the injured list last week, Sánchez was cut.

Sánchez’s best seasons came early in his career with the New York Yankees, where he was runner-up in 2016 AL Rookie of the Year voting and made the AL All-Star team in 2017 and 2019.

He was traded to Minnesota before the 2022 season and batted .205 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 128 games last year.

With the Padres, Sánchez could also be a candidate for at-bats at designated hitter, where 42-year-old Nelson Cruz is batting .245 with three homers, 16 RBIs and a .670 OPS, and 37-year-old Matt Carpenter is hitting .174 with four homers, 21 RBIs and a .652 OPS.