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GM Jeff Bridich: Losing streak led to trade rumblings

As trade talk continues to swirl around him, Troy Tulowitzki says he is not looking to leave the Colorado Rockies, and his general manager believes the whole thing is a "media production."

"Whatever happens on the Rockies' end happens, but for me to sit here and try to force my way out of here, that's not the case," Tulowitzki told reporters, according to MLB.com. "I don't think it's fair to my teammates and the relationships I've built here to take that route."

Bridich told the Denver Post that the Rockies have no plans to move the star shortstop and that the team's recent 11-game losing streak led to increased speculation.

"In my opinion, it's something that has come out of a tough two-week stretch for the Rockies, and one, obviously, where we haven't played to our expectations," Bridich told the newspaper. "That fuels speculation, and then people go on the record and try to create types of news stories and controversies by writing opinions that are just that, opinions. They aren't based in fact. So really, nothing has changed."

Tulowitzki, who is batting .289 with two home runs and 11 RBIs after an 0-for-5 line in the Rockies' 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, made his comments in response to reports that he was meeting with agent Paul Cohen to discuss, among other topics, a trade demand.

"Anybody that knows me or has covered me for a long time, I'm pretty honest and straightforward," Tulowitzki said. "If I have an issue, I would take care of it myself. The last thing I would try to do is leak something and get it out there.

"The Rockies' ownership and myself have always been close, so there's no reason to try to leak something. I'd go straight to them."

Cohen had told the New York Post of a potential Tulowitzki trade that "to say that it is not a possibility would be silly."

Tulowitzki is owed $113.7 million through 2020, according to MLB.com, and would receive a $2 million bonus if he is traded.

After starting the season 7-2, the Rockies are already 8½ games out of first place in the National League West with a 12-19 record. They broke their long losing streak with Thursday's comeback win over the Dodgers.

"My hunch is that if we had a very different two weeks and we had a record as we had in April, that we wouldn't be talking about this at all right now," Bridich told the Denver Post.