On July 27th, just three days before the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline is up, the Colorado Rockies sent the face of their franchise, shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, to the Toronto Blue Jays, in exchange for Jose Reyes and three minor league prospects.
The question that has been asked several times over the past 24 hours seems to be, “Why would the Jays do that?”
This has been asked so frequently because the Blue Jays have one of the best batting orders in the game, but a very measly pitching staff. It seemed like they would be bidding on starting pitchers, like the Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels or the Chicago White Sox’s Jeff Samardzija.
Jays General Manager, Alex Anthopoulos, claims that he could not possibly pass on Tulo, for, after all, he is the best shortstop baseball has seen in years.
On the other side of the deal, the Colorado Rockies seemed to be very pleased as they got Reyes, who has been runner-up to Tulo in the best shortstop debate for years, and three young prospects whom they see as the future of their franchise. One of the main reasons that the Rockies were eager to move Tulo, outside of obtaining the young talent, was that they are now not going to have to pay the $50 million left on his contract.
Still, as logical as it may have been on the Rockies behalf, they are taking quite a beating from the media. Rumors have spread that Tulo had no interest in leaving the Rockies until his contract was over.
On top of Tulo’s irritation with the trade, his team also spoke out. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reported, “The stunned silence of players early Tuesday morning, when word of the trade came down, spoke to the disappointment of losing Tulowitzki. As the Rockies stashed him in Weiss’ office to keep him from addressing a deal that early Tuesday remained unconfirmed by either team, the truth of Tulowitzki’s exit filtered into the clubhouse and left the players even more gobsmacked, according to sources.”
Although this trade has made a rumbling on both sides of the deal, the Rockies ex General Manager, Dan O’Dowd, stated that he believes that this will be good move for the shortstop as he has only been with the Rockies in his veteran career.
It will be an interesting transition for the slugger, as he tries to make a run for the first Toronto Blue Jays pennant in over 20 years.