I felt pretty vindicated yesterday when the news broke that Rockies wouldn't be trading the young slugger this winter. Again..why would they? However, after a little more research I learned that Rockies owner, Dick Monfort, actually said the following:
My plan is to always keep them (Tulowitzki and Gonzalez). Is that the smartest thing in the world to do? I don't know but our fans think so.Wow..that is about as non-committal as it comes! In fact, I'm more confident that CarGo is available than I have ever been. According to John Harper of the New York Daily News, many people in Colorado believe that a full rebuild is in order. That's likely the reason Troy Tulowitzki's name came up as a possible trade option this week. Again, while I think it would lead to full fan revolt, I can only begin to imagine the prospects the Rockies would receive in return for the two of these guys.
So I suppose this leaves the option of Carlos Gonzalez on the table this winter for the Mets brass, and the large portion of the fan base that has been demanding his acquisition since early summer. I'm less certain the Mets have/are willing to part with the prospects necessary to make the trade happen. However for the time being, that isn't the issue. For a team looking to fill so many holes, the possibility of Gonzalez still provides hope.
As October and November give way to December and January we'll undoubtedly get a better idea of where Mr. Monfort's intentions really lie. We'll also have a better idea of what the Mets' front office is thinking. But for the time being at least, all options remain on the table this winter.