DENVER -- For the last six months, the pattern has been that a report would surface saying the Mets are trying to acquire shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies, and the Rockies are asking for the world. Then all turns quiet until the next report surfaces.
Friday followed the same pattern. CBSSports.com reported that the teams are "quietly discussing" the possible deal, but went on to say talks are "in the early stages with several hurdles to go." Two sources with knowledge of the situation insisted to MLB.com that the teams aren't in active discussions.
One of the sources told MLB.com the teams are not discussing the players the Rockies would need to complete a deal, nor are they talking about the $114 million Tulowitzki is owed through 2020 -- as in how much, or if, the Rockies would have to kick in money.
The CBSSports.com report mentioned Mets righty prospect Noah Syndergaard as being the player the Rockies covet most, but there is believed to be a who's who of players on the Rockies' wish list. Colorado's top priority is obtaining starting pitching. The teams have discussed Mets righty Dillon Gee -- possibly in a separate deal -- but that hasn't materialized, either. Both teams have done due diligence on each other, especially since July -- when the Mets looked at acquiring Tulowitzki or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
The New York Daily News called the possibility of a Tulowitzki trade "highly unlikely," based on information from Mets sources who say the contract is the biggest hurdle. ESPNNewYork.com placed the chance of a deal at "5 percent" because of the package the Rockies want in return.
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