It was said in late July that the two sides had low-level talks earlier in the month (Cerrone, July 29), but that they did not talk much in the days before this Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Last week, it was reported that Colorado had once sent a sizable contingent to watch Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard (NY Post, July 31).
The Rockies are looking to acquire the best young, power pitching possible and feel they match up best with the Mets and Cardinals (Cerrone, July 29). However, Colorado would prefer to not pay any of either Tulowitzki’s ($129 million) or Gonzalez’s ($53 million) remaining contract in a trade, making Gonzalez the more reasonable target, Heyman said on radio (WFAN, July 29).
Nevertheless, when asked about the team's interest in Gonzalez, a Mets person told Martino: “That is real."