Lt. Dish wrote:
Rocco wrote:I'd love Tulo on the Pirates but if the Rockies are trying to trade him that's a big red flag. Teams just don't move top-tier SS unless something is wrong.
Even if they're looking to blow it up and rebuild with what they can get for him? Serious question.
Depends on how much cash the Rockies were kicking in to the deal. When healthy he's probably worth the money he's got left, and if he plays 150 games in 2014 or 2015 the Pirates are winning the NL. That's not hyperbole. Look at what the Pirates did with Hopeless at SS this year. Then look at Tulo's road numbers (.819 OPS for his career) and his numbers at PNC (.990 OPS, albeit in only 42 ABs). You'd also be upgrading 2B since Mercer could hit against lefties instead of Walker. Marte/Tulo/Cutch/Pedro will do damage. The problem is getting 150 games out of him. He hasn't done that since 2009. He's been banged up the last few years and he turns 30 next year. I'm learning the hard way that your body doesn't recover like it used to once you get into your 30s.
The Rockies may very well be pushing the reset button- they traded away Dexter Fowler earlier (I've always thought Fowler would be really good and he's kinda leveled off at above average).