While we're talking about players that are or aren't worth the financial risk to the Yankees, we might as well talk about a couple names that have come up before. Ken Rosenthal posted a story last night about the Colorado Rockies possibly being willing to trade Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. According to Rosenthal's report, the team isn't actively shopping either player or preparing for a fire sale, but the new front office crew does appear to have changed owner Dick Monfrot's mind on the idea of moving his top 2 players.
"The Rockies are telling clubs they are keeping their 'eyes and ears open' for potential deals involving both players, according to major-league sources."
Opinions on whether it makes sense to go after Tulowitzki vary, but there's no denying that he would be the best option to replace Derek Jeter at shortstop from a talent perspective. And CarGo, while no Fielding Bible Award-level outfielder himself, would be a better everyday option in right field than CarBel. If the Rockies are seriously interested in seeing what's out there for these guys, the Yankees have to at least make a call and see what it would take to get a deal done. They have the positional needs, they have more good trade pieces in their system than they had a few years ago, and whether they want to take it on or not, they're one of the few teams that can afford to take on the big contracts.
What they don't have is a flexible roster core that can adapt and shift to overcome more injury problems, which both Tulo and CarGo bring to the table in abundance. The risk there is the biggest one and what makes taking on that money more unattractive than it would be if they played 150+ games every year.
It's a longshot opportunity at best, and the Yankees aren't equipped with the MLB-ready prospect talent that it will take to pull either of these trades off. But the Rockies are such a wild card right now as a baseball organization, with a new GM trying to undo some of the problems caused by the stubborn owner, that maybe there's a chance they'd be interested in some of the Yankees' top guys as their rebuilding core. If there was any way they could bring in Tulo without giving up more than 2 of the Severino-Judge-Sanchez-Clarkin foursome, that's a trade the Yankees would have to make. Isn't it?