The Rockies are likely to seriously consider offers for Carlos Gonzalez, and the Mets could go after him.
David Zalubowski/AP The Rockies are likely to seriously consider offers for Carlos Gonzalez, and the Mets could go after him.

The Colorado Rockies’ surprising decision to extend a qualifying offer to Michael Cuddyer has created an expectation in the industry that the team is prepared to move Carlos Gonzalez this winter.

We have already lived through many cycles of Tulo and CarGo rumors, and rivals consider the Rockies front office particularly difficult to read, but it is hard to imagine a losing team paying Cuddyer $15.3 million and Gonzalez $16.4 million. Could the Rox trade Cuddyer instead, perhaps midseason?

Sure, but as a rival exec told us earlier this week, “Fifteen million is hard to move these days.”

Gonzalez, at least, comes with a three years of team control and superstar ability. We know that Sandy Alderson has liked him in the past, and checked in with former GM Dan O’Dowd many times. And we know that O’Dowd himself scouted Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero in Las Vegas last year.

O’Dowd is gone now, but was replaced by one of his lieutenants, Jeff Bridich. “It’s hard to know what they’re doing over there,” said a rival general manager.

So there is that complication. And there is also the matter of Gonzalez’s persistent health issues. All the talk about his trade market came last July, before a knee injury ended his season.

On Tuesday, we asked around about how much that issue impacted Gonzalez’s value; one member of a rival front office predicted that Colorado would have to take 40-60 cents on the dollar, but might be willing to sell low.

If you’re the Mets, there are two ways to look at the situation:

1. A star-caliber player is available at a discount.

2. But do you really want to use prospects …read more