Re: Troy Tulowitzki
posted at 9/13/2012 10:21 PM EDT
Tulowitzki might want a change of scenery, and he has a skillset the Sox should be drooling over. The only baseball ability he lacks is the ability to stay on the field. (Dealbreaker? Maybe)
I’d love him in Boston, but what will Colorado want? Fans will have their List of Untouchables, including Bogaerts, Bradley, Barnes, etc. The problem is – these are exactly the guys Colorado will want. One of those rationalized lists – where people decide Colorado really needs Iglesias, Aceves, and, say, Saltalamacchia wont cut it. If you want Tulowitzki, be prepared to give up names you don’t want to surrender.
The Untouchable List should be narrowed to Bogaerts. End of List. I’ll take Tulowitzki and his exorbitant salary over Jackie Bradley any day. I’ll even throw in Webster to get the ball rolling. (I question Websters stamina, anyway, so why not?)
I know someone will say We can’t trade Bradley. We need him for when Ellsbury leaves. While true, I would rather have Tulowitzki and Kalish than Bradley and Iglesias. In fact, I think a lot of fans overrate Bradley, whose rocket-like ascension through the low minors while impressive, leaves questions about how much of it is attributable to his advanced age for that league. Only 17 players in the entire Carolina League were over Bradleys listed age of 22, with the oldest being 26. To be fair, Bradley is not the oldest 22 year old in the league, so its not like he is the 18th oldest guy. Still, playing against a lot of 19 and 20 year old players certainly helped him look better.
This doesn’t mean I think he will be a flop, but it does certainly make him the guy I would trade instead of Bogaerts.
And before anyone asks, yes, Colorado will ask for at least one elite prospect. If you have to give up one, my choice would be Bradley over Bogaerts.