My good buddy, Brain Joura, over at Mets 360, printed his yearly predictions for the Mets. The 2015 version included the broken record that I agree with him on:
14. The Mets will trade for Troy Tulowitzki
There’s two things we can all agree to when we talk about Tulo. One, he’s the top shortstop in the National League (probably the majors)… and two, it would take quite a package of players to work out a trade for his services.
The 2015 version of the New York Mets have already developed the kind of depth that would allow them to make this kind of trade and not hurt the nucleus of their core team.
Yes, it is going to probably cost the services of either Noah Syndergaard or Steven Matz, but this is what top prospects do best. They create a top trade even before they have pitched one single inning in major league ball.
The Mets have a number of shortstop prospects (Matt Reynolds, Gavin Cecchini, Amed Rosario, Luis Guillorme, Alfredo Reyes, Milton Ramos) that could be built into this deal. Also, let’s not forget Wilmer Flores who would basically be out of a job if Tulowitzki becomes a Met. The Mets could easily afford to offer up two of these guys, one that’s major league ready (Flores or Reynolds) and another for the future (Rosario).
My guess is a deal like this would take at least another top starter prospect… someone like Marcus Molina, Rob Whelan, or Casey Meisner. I know… I don’t want to lose Molina either, but we are talking about the top shortstop in baseball.
So, my deal:
Colorado gets: RHSP Noah Syndergaard, SS Wilmer Flores, SS Amed Rosario, and RHSP Marcos Molina
Mets get: SS Troy Tulowitzki
Yes, the Mets minor league talent level would be severely lowered, but the parent team would instantly become a pennant contender.