In a surprise move, the Colorado Rockies have traded their longtime shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes. The trade between the two concluded with Tulowitzki and three minor league pitchers moving to the Blue Jays in return for Reyes, reliever Miguel Castro and two minor league pitchers ahead of the Friday non-waiver trade deadline.
Five-time All-Star, Tulowitzki has an average of hitting .300 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs in 87 games this season while Reyes has .285 with four homers, 34 RBIs and 16 steals in 69 games. His talent is undeniable and he has been with the Rockies for his entire career since he was first drafted in 2005. Talking about his skills on the field Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, “Tremendous player. Sometimes you’re surprised when you have a guy like Tulo who’s so iconic in Colorado.”
When Tulowitzki started off with the Rockies before the 2011 season, they signed him on for a guaranteed contract of $132 million over seven seasons from 2014-20 including a $14 million team option for 2021 with a $4 million buyout. On the whole, this meant that Tulowitzki would be paid $157.75 million over 10 years. His response to a reporter on the trade was, “I don’t worry about it. I’ve been through it multiple times. My job is to play for the Rockies. I signed up to play here for a long time. Until they tell me differently, which they haven’t, I plan on being here.”
With Tulowitzki, the Jays, known as the highest-scoring majors team, looks to be completed. However, they have yet to reach the playoffs after 1993 World Series win. The others in their power batting line-up include Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin.
For the Rockies though, four-time All-Star (with the New York Mets) Reyes might or might not be a valuable acquisition since he has not been his best in these last three seasons with the Jays. In 2013, he went down with a left ankle sprain which cost him 66 games, last season it was right shoulder soreness while this season saw him losing a month to cracked ribs. He is signed on for a $106 million, six-year contract from Miami through 2017.