Troy Tulowitzi is not the Mets’ only trade target

Reverse LogoTroy 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?
Nationals Buyer Desmond Bullpen No
Mets Both Murphy, pitchers, catcher SS, LF ——-
Braves ? Bullpen arms, Markakis? Prospects No
Phillies Seller Hamels, Howard Prospects No
Marlins ? Prado, Morse Catcher Maybe
Cardinals Buyer Prospects ? Maybe
Cubs Buyer Castro, Russell, Baez Pitcher Yes
Reds Seller Bruce, Phillips, Chapman? Prospects Maybe
Pirates ? Prospects Bullpen No
Brewers Seller Parra, Segura, Braun, Garza, Lohse, KRod Pitcher, 1B Yes
Dodgers Both Crawford, Ethier, prospects Pitcher Maybe
Giants Buyer Prospects 3rd Yes
Padres Buyer Prospects Pitcher Yes
Diamondbacks Seller Trumbo, Owings? Prospects Yes
Rockies Seller Tulowitzki, Gonzalez, Dickerson? Prospects Yes
Yankees Buyer Prospects 2B, Pitcher Maybe
Rays ? Prospects, Loney? Offense No
Red Sox Both Victorino, Prospects Pitcher No
Orioles Buyer Prospects Pitcher No
Blue Jays ? Bautista? Prospects, Pitcher Maybe
Royals ? Rios, Gordon, prospects Prospects Yes
Tigers Buyer Prospects, Plouffe? Bullpen No
Twins ? Prospects, Escobar? Pitching Maybe
White Sox ? Prospects, Ramirez? Pitcher, 2B Yes
Indians Seller Brantley Prospects Yes
Astros Buyer Prospects Outfielder No
Angels ? Prospects Outfielder No
Mariners ? Prospects OF, Bullpen No
Rangers Seller Andrus, Holland, Lewis, Detwiler Prospects Maybe
A’s Seller Kazmir, Crisp, Reddick Prospects Yes

10 comments for “Troy Tulowitzi is not the Mets’ only trade target

  1. Original Met
    May 22, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    This is just excellent. Terrific matrix. Just one thought – don’t you think the A’s would trade Zobrist, who could help us in multiple ways. We could send them two or three surplus prospects to re-stock their farm system.

    • MetsRealist
      May 22, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Sorry, but Zobrist isn’t really a fit on this team right now unless the team also trades Murphy. They wouldn’t have both on this team.

      Also, missing some other people that need to definitely be on this list. Carlos Gomez is almost certain to be shopped by Milwaukee.

      I’m not buying that the Indians are sellers. Brantley isn’t going anywhere because he’s under team control and he’s cheap.

      The Padres don’t need pitching, in fact, they need to do something with that horrendous OF defense.

      I would put that the Royals are definitely buyers. They could use some more starting pitcher depth.

      You have Plouffe listed under the Tigers, he plays for the Twins.

      Nobody is buying Detwiler, he stinks.

  2. BruceBoisclair4
    May 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Tulowitzki is not a trade target for the Mets unless the Rockies take back a ton of money in return….

  3. Matt Netter
    May 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks for the props. Don’t know how Plouffe came up on the wrong team. Sorry about that. I like Zobrist a lot but I feel like either Flores or Murph will fill that role. I don’t think the Brewers would trade Gomez.

  4. Metsense
    May 23, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Very nice chart Matt. It will be a handy resource going toward the trade deadline.Maybe you could update it once or twice before then.
    I wonder what it would take to pry Josh Reddick from the A’s?
    Could Victorino be had for a Gee,Colon or Niese?
    Of course the Rockies and Cubs need to be in the loop for a SS upgrade.

  5. May 23, 2015 at 1:16 am

    With Granderson and Cuddyer (24 million+)playing the corner outfield why would the Mets trade an asset for an upgrade in LF. I thought that was what the off season FA signing was for? The Braves are sellers and will continue to revamp their 25 man roster. The Pirates are buyers as well as their window of opportunity starts to run out. I don’t think Toronto would entertain any offers for Bautista unless you gave up the farm.. He’s their version of David Wright. Royals are buyers as they contend with Detroit for the Central Division. Twins are sellers? and maybe this year continue rebuilding by moving Morneau and Mauer.I think this year you’ll see more trades at the deadline simply because more teams will be in reach of a wildcard..

    • Metsense
      May 23, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Brian wrote an article a while back about the need for four good outfielders on a team. A more recent article he wrote asked ” who would play the outfield if one of the starters got injured?” It would not hurt the Mets to get some depth in the outfield.
      Victorino seems to be available in Boston and Colon would be of similar salary. Both are free agents at the end of the season. There are enough at bats in the outfield to make this transaction.

  6. BK
    May 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Really like the detailed chart. This is probably the most comprehensive analysis I’ve seen. It does reinforce that there are limited options for upgrading at short via trade. Improving the outfield offense may be more likely (and less costly).

  7. Matt Netter
    May 23, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Prior to Cuddyer’s struggles I wrote about the importance of a 4th outfielder. Given the ages and injury history of our outfielders it was foolish to go into this season with Newy and Mayberry as our backups.

  8. Patrick Albanesius
    May 23, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Chris Owings has been a letdown this season, the Rockies are not being realistic, and the Cubs have all the leverage in the world right now, so I don’t see us getting a SS via trade. What we need is someone who can play third base, then move around when needed if we ever get our Captain back.

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