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Rockies trade rumors: Troy Tulowitzki trade still unlikely despite Colorado 'poking around'

Making news out of no news. Welcome to the Winter Meetings!

Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies have been "poking around" the Winter Meetings regarding finding a suitor for star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, according to multiple reports.

The Rockies were once again in contact with the Mets in an attempt to find a possible match, per Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Nothing came of the discussions; Martino was told a deal is "not happening."

That makes you wonder which side is so firmly opposed to a deal. While the Rockies and general manager Jeff Bridich are indeed listening to offers for Tulo and other players, the team appears to be sending mixed signals about its true intention when it comes to whether it would actually be willing to part with the 30-year-old All-Star. That sentiment is echoed by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, who notes that Rockies owner Dick Monfort may not be OK with trading the face of the franchise.

Tulowitzki doesn't have a no-trade clause in his contract with the Rockies, but there is a well-documented agreement in place between the two sides that he won't be dealt to a destination of which he doesn't approve. The Yankees, Giants, Angels, Dodgers and Cardinals would be desirable landing spots for Tulo, according to Heyman. Colorado hasn't had any recent discussions with those teams, but it has spoken -- though not too deeply, it appears -- with the Mets and Mariners about the veteran slugger.