Rockies GM Jeff Bridich calls Troy Tulowitzki trade speculation a “media production”

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We’ve heard a ton of speculation this week regarding Troy Tulowitzki’s future with the Rockies. The team’s recent losing streak has been a big part of it, but there was also a report in the New York Post this week which stated that Tulowitzki was set to meet with his agent to discuss whether to ask the team for a trade. The All-Star shortstop said Thursday that he doesn’t plan to force his way out of Colorado and that the decision is in the team’s hands, but Rockies GM Jeff Bridich told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post yesterday that he mostly sees the situation as a “media production.”

“What’s gone on the last few days, especially the last 72 hours, really has a been a media production, more than anything else,” Bridich said. “It started with a couple of articles coming out of the East Coast — MLB.com and another one on NewYorkPost.com. Since then, it’s really been mostly a media production.”

Given where the Rockies stand, it’s only natural that Tulowitzki will be floated as a trade possibility, especially with several teams in need of an upgrade at shortstop. The Mets figure prominently in that. However, this specific situation wasn’t completely manufactured. Tulowitzki’s agent, Paul Cohen, was quoted in that New York Post piece and said that it would be “silly” to think that a trade isn’t a possibility and that it “doesn’t take a rocket scientist” to understand why the topic is heating up. That’s the kind of stuff that gets people talking.

Speculation aside, Bridich said that Tulowitzki “doesn’t have control of this and neither does his agent.” So if they want to keep him, they will. That appears to be the plan for now. Of course, a trade could be rendered moot if Tulowitzki can’t stay healthy. He left last night’s game with left quadriceps tightness and is considered day-to-day.