This is rapidly becoming an
"Right now, I'm still a Rockie," Tulowitzki said. "I've dealt with it for a couple years now. I'm still in a Rockies uniform. It is what it is.
"If they decide to do something, that's on them. My job is just to be a player."
The Rockies might be unable to get a return sufficient to justify trading their local icon, given the $98 million left on his contract after the season. As the
But Tulowitzki resolutely refuses to say the words that could keep him from dealing with this: I want to be a Rockie, and I do not want to be traded.
"The Rockies and I have a good relationship," he said. "As of now, I feel we can win. I want to win there, first and foremost."
Why does he believe the Rockies can win?
"There are some good young players. Look at these lockers next to me," he said, pointing to his All-Star teammates, Rockies infielders
"Pitching, at times, struggles. Obviously, it's a good hitters' ballpark. We haven't been the best at developing pitchers. Hopefully it comes. If it does, we'll be a good team."
Why does he believe the Rockies can develop pitchers now?
"You've got to trust the process," he said. "You've got to have some faith."
Why not borrow a page from the playbook of
"It's not like that," Tulowitzki said. "I take a lot of pride in staying in one organization. My favorite player was Derek Jeter. He stayed with one organization his entire career. I think there is something special to that. Not too many guys get to do it in this day and age. It would be cool, when I am done playing, to say that I did that."