Rockies owner says Troy Tulowitzki to Mets is “not happening”


Most Mets fans are currently dreaming about the possibility of the team acquiring Ian Desmond from the Nationals, but Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been a popular topic of conversation for most of the offseason. Regardless of the Mets’ financial situation, it takes two to tango to get a deal done and Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post that Tulowitzki isn’t coming to Queens.

“It’s not happening,” Monfort responded.

Even as Tulowitzki has sent passive-aggressive signs that he wouldn’t mind leaving the team that drafted and developed him, the Rockies’ leaders, with both their actions and their words, have displayed how reluctant they are to deal their franchise player. Monfort re-enforced that notion Thursday at the Major League Baseball owners’ meetings.

“I can’t speak for him, but yeah, we want him,” Monfort said. “I think he’s strong and he’s worked hard and he’ll be back. He’ll be Tulo of old.”

A cynical Mets fan might say something like, “Well, tell me something we don’t already know.” And I get that. The Mets don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt in matters of big spending, but this situation has never simply been about them. Tulowitzki is the face of the franchise with the Rockies and it would take a monster haul for them to justify a trade to their fanbase. Charlie’s brother, Dick Monfort, is reportedly very close with Tulowitzki and simply might not be willing to sign off on a trade or deal him to a team he’s not interested in going to. Barring something unexpected, it looks like he’ll begin the season with Colorado.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.