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Rockies trade away Troy Tulowitzki? They’d only screw it up

Rich Kurtzman | November 11, 2013

Colorado has few homegrown talents, Tulowitzki being one, and he’s the team’s most talented player. In O’Dowd’s 13 seasons, he’s picked Jeff Francis, Ian Stewart, Chris Nelson, Tulo, Greg Reynolds and a whole bunch of other guys that have yet to pan out at the major league level. Of those, only Tulo is a star, the rest are middle-of-the-pack at best at their respective position.

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The Rockies are a joke.

The baseball team that resides on 20th and Blake, in the heart of our beloved Mile High City, is being run by buffoons, possibly baboons. There’s no way human beings – with our capabilities of cognitive thought processing – can possibly be running the Rockies into the ground. Oh, you say it indeed is a man? Dan O’Dowd is his name? And he’s been in charge for 13 years? Why would anyone want to be a fan of this franchise when someone is allowed to destroy Denver baseball from the inside?

O’Dowd stinks as a General Manager and there’s no way every other GM doesn’t know this. See the St. Louis Cardinals? One of the best-constructed teams every single season? Why do you think they’re interested in stealing away Troy Tulowitzki, the top shortstop in all of baseball today? It’s because they know they can. And the sad truth is, they probably will. St. Louis is writhe with talent. They’ve done the right thing; scouting well, drafting well, preparing players as they progress through the minor leagues well. And they produce some of the best baseball players, resulting in competing for two of the last three, and four of the last 10 World Series.

Colorado has few homegrown talents, Tulowitzki being one, and he’s the team’s most talented player. In O’Dowd’s 13 seasons, he’s picked Jeff Francis, Ian Stewart, Chris Nelson, Tulo, Greg Reynolds and a whole bunch of other guys that have yet to pan out at the major league level. Of those, only Tulo is a star, the rest are middle-of-the-pack at best at their respective position.

The Rockies’ farm system is only mediocre as well, and when it comes to trades, fans have no faith in O’Dowd. Sure, he did decently when trading Matt Holliday, but we all remember the debacle that was the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. For Holliday, O’Dowd got Carlos Gonzalez – who ended up being a greater player than anyone could have imagined in 2008 – and Houston Street, who closed well for a few seasons and has since departed. Gonzalez is a true five-tool player and the only one that rivals Tulowitzki’s ability on Coors’ Field.

For Jimenez – the Rockies only ace in their 20-year history – O’Dowd got back Drew Pomeranz, Alex White, Matt McBride and Joe Gardner. Jimenez hasn’t played well, but neither has Pomeranz, with a huge ERA, while the others are still in the minors or since traded away. What makes people think O’Dowd will get anything good back for Tulo? Simply, they don’t.

 

That said, I have zero confidence in the Rockies to get a legitimate ace in return for Tulo.

— Zach Fogg (@zachfoggsports) November 11, 2013

The only problem I have with the #Rockies trading Tulo is the guys deciding what they will get for him.

— David Martin (@RockiesReview) November 11, 2013

Rockies fans have no faith in this front office, and they shouldn’t.

— Nate Kreckman (@NateKreckman) November 11, 2013

Neither do I. Rumor has it, the Rockies would get Shelby Miller or Lance Lynn, Trevor Rosenthal, Matt Adams and possibly a prospect per David Martin of Rockies Review.

@RichKurtzman Potentially Shelby Miller or Lance Lynn, Rosenthal, Adams and maybe a prospect.

— David Martin (@RockiesReview) November 11, 2013

 

It would amount to a whole bunch of young talent, guys that should be able to step in and play right away for the Rockies. Which is why it’s too good to be true. If O’Dowd trades Tulo, which he shouldn’t, the Rockies will be lucky to get back one productive player of many because he’s simply not very skilled at evaluating talent. The Monforts would tell you differently, though, which is only a sign of how flawed the franchise really is. Instead of focusing on winning games, the Rockies are putting in a new party deck to support the claim we’ve all known was true for years: Coors Field is simply Denver’s largest outdoor bar, a place for fun and to pregame.

Who gives a damn about the baseball being played? Trading away Troy Tulowitzki would only be the latest bone-headed move in a long line of dumb deals by Dan O’Dowd and Rockies ownership; it will only cost the franchise even more baseball fans.

Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist. Follow Rich on Twitter (@RichKurtzman).

Written by Rich Kurtzman

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