- Jim Bowden, Baseball, Insider
The time has come for the Colorado Rockies to realize they are not going to be contenders and for rookie GM Jeff Bridich to put his stamp on this organization. The best way to do that would be a blockbuster deal trading the face of their franchise and star player, Troy Tulowitzki.
Tulowitzki, 30, is signed through 2020, with approximately $115 million dollars remaining, including a team option for 2021. Tulowitzki was drafted No. 7 overall by the Rockies back in 2005, but the Rockies haven't won a division title during his career and have finished fourth or last in the NL West five times since he was drafted.
He has had a good run in Colorado, despite that it has been mired with injuries that have led to his only playing in 140 games or more three times in his career. However, he is healthy now and certainly a difference-maker. He is still an above-average defender, a lifetime .300/.372/.516 hitter who averages 29 home runs and 101 RBIs over a rate of 162 games played. He is a leader on and off the field and a four-time All-Star. With a change of scenery, he could be a real difference-maker for a contending team.
However, there are really only five teams that appear to make sense as potential trade partners for the Rockies.