Troy Tulowitzki is the best shortstop in baseball and he’s playing for a bad team that may finally be willing to trade him. He’d be a defensive upgrade over Wilmer Flores and he’d be the best hitter on this Mets team. A gigantic contract, long injury history and (suspected) high trade demands make him less of a slam dunk trade candidate, but for the sake of this article – he’s certainly worth exploring. What other players might be available who could improve the Mets offense? What teams might make worthy trade partners?
At this early stage of the season, most teams are not ready to throw in the towel or go all in for a playoff run. Teams typically wait until July before they make moves as a buyer or seller. However, trades do happen in June and, as we head into Memorial Day weekend, there are certainly a few teams whose players are already telling their wives it’s okay to book a family vacation in October. Likewise there are some teams reserving October for the postseason. Here’s a quick overview of the potential buyers and sellers as they currently sit.
|Team||Buyer or Seller||Tradable Assets||Needs||Match Up?|
|Mets||Both||Murphy, pitchers, catcher||SS, LF||——-|
|Braves||?||Bullpen arms, Markakis?||Prospects||No|
|Cubs||Buyer||Castro, Russell, Baez||Pitcher||Yes|
|Reds||Seller||Bruce, Phillips, Chapman?||Prospects||Maybe|
|Brewers||Seller||Parra, Segura, Braun, Garza, Lohse, KRod||Pitcher, 1B||Yes|
|Dodgers||Both||Crawford, Ethier, prospects||Pitcher||Maybe|
|Rockies||Seller||Tulowitzki, Gonzalez, Dickerson?||Prospects||Yes|
|Red Sox||Both||Victorino, Prospects||Pitcher||No|
|Blue Jays||?||Bautista?||Prospects, Pitcher||Maybe|
|Royals||?||Rios, Gordon, prospects||Prospects||Yes|
|White Sox||?||Prospects, Ramirez?||Pitcher, 2B||Yes|
|Rangers||Seller||Andrus, Holland, Lewis, Detwiler||Prospects||Maybe|
|A’s||Seller||Kazmir, Crisp, Reddick||Prospects||Yes|