Rockies Trade Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto
The Toronto Blue Jays already boasted the best offense in baseball (528 runs). They just got a little nastier.
Per reports, Toronto has completed a major trade with the Colorado Rockies that nets them shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Toronto also gets LaTroy Hawkins in a deal that sends fellow shortstop Jose Reyes and some minor league prospects to Colorado.
It’s a shocking move considering the Rockies were said to have fallen back on the idea of trading Troy Tulowitzki, but it’s a trade that makes a good amount of sense for both sides. Colorado wasn’t going anywhere this season as the worst team in the competitive NL West and saw an opportunity to get a high level shortstop back in a deal, as well as some young talent.
Troy Tulowitzki wanted out to a certain degree, at least per numerous trade rumors earlier this season. While Tulo appeared to have backed off of trade demands, Colorado pulled the deal and on the other side Toronto made a clear strength even stronger.
Tulowitzki had been marred in a horrific 0-20 slump recently, but on the season boasted a healthy .300 batting average with 12 home runs and 53 RBI. On top of the elite offense Tulo can bring to the table, he’s also an arguable upgrade on the defensive side of things, where Reyes had seen a dip in play. Troy Tulowitzki represents a major upgrade in all respects at SS, especially since he brings solid power and better efficiency than the slap-hitting Reyes could ever offer.
The deal for Troy Tulowitzki shows Toronto isn’t ready to give up on 2015 just yet, as they sit just seven games back of the AL East division title. Catching the New York Yankees seems like a long shot, but the Jays absolutely had the offense to give it a go before, and that’s even more so the case now.
The key will be whether or not the Blue Jays make a move on the defensive side, where they’ve allowed a whopping 433 runs. Toronto’s pitching rotation consists of solid but somewhat shaky starters, Drew Hutchison, R.A. Dickey, Mark Buerhle and Marco Estrada.
With offense seemingly completely taken care of, Toronto now needs to use the next few days leading into the 2015 MLB trade deadline to fix their pitching. Tulo helps the defense considerably, but pitching is still a problem for a team that wants to take a big leap. Perhaps that gets Toronto to press full speed ahead and jump into trade talks for star pitchers like Cole Hamels or Tyson Ross. If not, the move for Tulo could be more about next year than 2015.
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