Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki created a stir over the weekend when he indicated to the Denver Post that he would be open to a trade, saying, “I want to be somewhere where there’s a chance to be in the playoffs every single year.”

Well, a deal probably will not happen before July 31, but no one should be surprised this offseason if Tulowitzki formally asks owner Dick Monfort to trade him.

Tulowitzki loves Colorado. He understands the value of spending his career with one team. But how much longer can he stand losing? As one of his friends put it, “I think the guy is going to lose his mind.”

Monfort, who is sensitive to public perception, has given no indication he is willing to trade either Tulowitzki or the Rockies’ other cornerstone, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. But the best time to move either would be the offseason, when teams are more flexible with their rosters.

If anything, Monfort might be more willing to trade Gonzalez, who is neither homegrown nor as much the face of the franchise. A team such as the Mets could offer, say, Triple A right-hander Noah Syndergaard and Double A outfielder Brandon Nimmo for CarGo. The Mets, of course, have an even greater need for Tulowitzki, but, again, the Rockies are not there yet.

Tulowitzki, 29, is owed $118 million from 2015 to 2020, with a club option for ’21. Certainly, teams would be interested in acquiring one of the best players in the game. But finding a suitable partner might not be easy as one might think.

The Yankees, with Derek Jeter retiring, would be an obvious fit but probably do not have enough young talent to entice the Rockies. The Red Sox certainly have the prospects, but would they have the desire to add Tulowitzki with so many talented left-side infielders in their organization?

Several of the Mariners’ better youngsters – right-hander Taijuan Walker, left-hander James Paxton, shortstop Brad Miller – have lost value due to injuries and/or inconsistency. The Dodgers probably would love a crack at Tulo as a replacement for potential free agent Hanley Ramirez, but it’s difficult to forsee Monfort allowing such a trade within the division. Teams such as the Orioles and Reds might have a need -- Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy is a potential free agent -- but again the question would be whether either team could build a strong enough package.

The Cardinals and Rockies talked about Tulowitzki last offseason, but St. Louis wound up signing Jhonny Peralta to a four-year, $52 million free-agent contract. Perhaps the talks could revive if the Cardinals found a taker for Peralta. But it would be more complicated than before.