Less than an hour after rumors started to swirl that Troy Tulowitzki would be requesting a trade from his last place Rockies team, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times suggested that the Padres might target him as upgrade at shortstop. The Rockies last night lost their 10th straight game in a row and Tulo sees the writing on the wall. Tulo at age 30 isn't getting any younger and the Rockies aren't getting any better.
Fortunately there's a place for players with long contracts worth tens of millions of dollars a year when they are on the cusp being too old to earn it, San Diego.
The Rockies might not relish the thought of trading Tulowitzki within the NL West, but trade partners might be limited for a 30-year-old with $118 million left on his contract through 2020. The four-time All-Star is batting .307 with two home runs in 28 games. His .812 OPS -- his lowest such figure since 2008 -- remains elite among shortstops.
How sweet would that be to have Tulo playing SS in San Diego? Picking up his contract would be no small investment but I think Fowler is good for it. The question is whether the Padres have enough young talent to trade after this past off-season.
@MatthewReimbold They've got 2 good ones left, plus draft is a month away.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 12, 2015
I assume Shaikin is talking about Austin Hedges and Hunter Renfroe, the last of the Padres' top prospects. At that point the system would be gutted, but the Padres are going for broke this season, so you never know.