Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki says he is not thinking about possible trade rumors and is concentrating on playing to try to help the team win games
Tulowitzki’s name has been mentioned in recent trade rumors, but he said earlier this year that he has not demanded a trade from the Rockies and doesn’t plan on doing so anytime soon.
When asked about the possibility of a trade to the New York Mets, Tulowitzki said he thinks their pitching staff is “phenomenal,” but remained steadfast in his desire to stay in Colorado.
“I signed to be a Rockies and right now my job is to be a Rockie so my job is to go out there every single day and help them to try to win games,” Tulowitzki said, according to the New York Post. “I’m not going to get caught up in it.”
“The game is tough enough. It makes your mind spent at times,” Tulowitzki added. “I’ve dealt with it for a couple of years now, all the [trade] talk, and I’m still in a Rockies uniform. It is what it is. It’s just rumors for now.”
Tulowitzki said he admired players like Derek Jeter who spent their entire career with one organization.
“There is something special to that. Not too many guys get to do it this day and age. If you can do it, it’s pretty neat.
“You know what, I signed up to play in Colorado and that’s what I’m going to do,” Tulowitzki said. “If they decide to do something, that’s on them. My job is just to be a player."
Tulowitzki also says he understands why people would have concern about his injury history. He played only 91 games in 2014 before having season-ending hip surgery.
This season, he has played in 79 of the team's 88 games. Tulowitzki, 30, is hitting .313 with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs for the Rockies (39-49), who are in last place in the National League West.
Tulowitzki has more than $100 million left on a 10-year, $157.75 million contract extension he signed in 2010 and will make $20 million in each of the next four seasons.
- Scooby Axson