In the event Sandy Alderson can justify acquiring Tulowitzki, the Mets could always move Flores to third or second base, depending on the long-term status of David Wright and Daniel Murphy. I realize they don't want to keep moving Flores around the infield, instead letting him be comfortable in one spot. However, if the totality of the situation is what's best for the team, Alderson has to consider it.
In the end, my hunch is we see Tulowitzki traded, but not to the Mets. The more and more I listen to people in baseball talk about the potential of this summer's trade market, the more I'm convinced Tulowitzki will get dealt. And, if he doesn't get dealt, it may mean Colorado decides to never trade him. The Mets and Padres, among others, have long been searching for a shortstop. Tulowitzki appears to be healthy. And, it's shaping up to be a seller's market. The time is right, assuming the Rockies want to get on with rebuilding their organization. If they wait and he hurts himself again, they may never get this opportunity back.
For the Mets, though, it's a lot of money and will cost important prospects for a guy putting up average numbers for a National League shortstop. Plus, it's hard to imagine Alderson and ownership wanting to commit 40 percent of their payroll in two guys (at shortstop and third base) who could wind up missing a lot games due to injury.
Instead, the Mets may be able to get more of an upgrade, while paying and committing to less, if they aim for a third baseman or a left/right fielder. My fear, though, is that Alderson will be so exact about his target, i.e., an every-day third baseman that can play other positions, that he may lose out on improving the roster. He has shown himself to be very good as a seller, but the jury is still out on his ability to acquire existing big-league talent, let alone narrowing his options by wanting something so specific.