Update: July 26, 2015 11:45 pm PT
Well I decided, stupidly to check Twitter one last time tonight and Jon Morosi has confirmed that the Blue Jays will be sending Miguel Castro and Jeff Hoffman along with Jose Reyes and another player to the Rockies in exchange for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2015
Original Text: July 26, 2015 10:00 pm PT
HOLY WOW! TROY TULOWITZKI IS NOW A TORONTO BLUE JAY!! See, I wrote that in caps just in case you may have glossed over the title in a state of shock. Honestly, I’m still kind of in a bit of shock myself. Here I was, minding my own business, catching up on True Detective and my phone beeps with “Breaking News.”
And I will honestly tell you that besides the Los Angeles Angels suddenly trading Mike Trout on a whim …. the last thing I expected to read was that Tulo was traded period. It wouldn’t have mattered much where he’d been traded (although I would have probably keeled over dead if it had been Oakland – uh, yeah right!) and I still would have been surprised.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports’ broke the story around 9:30 pm PT which means there may be a lot very shocked, and some very excited, Blue Jays fans waking up to the news tomorrow morning.
I wasn’t on Twitter for an hour, maybe two, so there can’t have been too many rumors floating around about a trade this huge. I hadn’t heard a single one. As far as I’d heard only one team that had even checked in on Tulo’s status and that was the New York Mets over the weekend. This kind of huge blockbuster deal doesn’t just get made in a matter of minutes. This has to have been some sort of a secret deal, one that must have been in the works for longer a few hours. I mean we are talking a big name player and a whole lot of money, among other things.
I just can’t seem to wrap my head around this trade. So the Rockies are getting, as far as we know up until this point (which is about 11:15 pm PT on Monday), shortstop Jose Reyes and some minor leaguers. I’m assuming quite a few of them, mostly top of the line. The Blue Jays get Tulo and reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
What is so mind boggling is that the Blue Jays don’t need the offense, the lead the league with a run-differential that is somewhere above the 90 run mark. They needed an elite starter like the Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels and were rumored to be looking into a closer like the San Diego Padres’ Craig Kimbrel.
A team doesn’t just change their mind from looking for starting and perhaps relief pitching to taking on one of baseball best shortstops with one of baseball’s biggest contracts. The Blue Jays, until we gather further information, are taking on a guaranteed $94 million from next year through 2020 plus an option for 2021. That’s quite a bit of money.
My first assumption was that perhaps the Blue Jays were turn around and trade him to a team that has starting pitching. The Mets, just for example because they had checked in on Tulo, have quite a few young, promising arms. However, according to Rosenthal, Tulo will receive an extra $2 million for being traded AND his contract will have a full no-trade clause from here on out. Thus far no one knows what Tulo thinks about this trade and in order to be traded again the team would have to have his consent.
I don’t understand what the Rockies are getting out of this trade except getting Tulo’s contract off their payroll. A friend of mine who does some work for the Rockies, even made the point that without Tulo on the team what motivation does Nolan Arenado, the Rockies’ third baseman and a rising star, have to stay long term?
The Blue Jays are getting, when healthy, one of the best shortstops in baseball. Yet the fact remains that Tulo is often injured. He’s been injured at least once in each of his nine big league seasons and has only eclipsed 150 games twice during that time span. Now, playing on turf the majority of the time? That seems like a disaster waiting to happen. Turf is harder on the body than regular grass.
This trade is a major shocker and in some ways a major game changer, although, I still don’t see the motivation for the Blue Jays to get another hitter when what they really need is pitching. But anytime a player like Troy Tulowitzki is traded, it’s a game changer.
I guess that’s all for now but check back here at bbstmlb.com for updates as they are made available. I will be traveling tomorrow but I will do my best to keep the blog updated with all the latest MLB information, esp. on this trade. Crazy! It’s so random that I really do think I am still in shock! Weird. That’s what this whole thing is …. just plain weird and no one saw it coming.