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The Mets have called about Troy Tulowitzki, but the Rockies aren’t biting

Colorado Rockies v San Diego Padres

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 18: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies yells after turning a double play during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park July 18, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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We heard earlier this afternoon that the Mets are looking at Justin Upton of the Padres among other outfield targets, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan are both reporting that the team has also been in touch with the Rockies about shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. So far, there’s not much momentum toward a possible deal:

As for Rosenthal, he hears the Mets are “under the impression that Colorado does not want to trade” Tulowitzki.

Tulowitzki is still owed more than $100 million through 2021, which has long led to skepticism about whether the Mets would be able to afford him. Even putting that aside, the Rockies don’t seem motivated to move their star shortstop even though they are headed for their fifth straight losing season and could use some pieces for the future. Tulowitzki is 30 years old and has battled injuries in recent seasons, so trading him in a year where he has managed to stay healthy could be perfect timing, but it would clearly require a major haul to convince them to move their face of the franchise. The impact on the fanbase must be considered.

Barring a change of heart from the Rockies, the Mets appear likely to move ahead with Ruben Tejada as their primary shortstop. Wilmer Flores has been playing second base in recent weeks, but he’ll likely move into a part-time role after the acquisitions of Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe on Friday. Johnson is starting at second base on Saturday with Daniel Murphy at third.

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