In a massive trade that could shake up the entire American League Playoff race, Fox Sports MLB insider Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Colorado Rockies have traded shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays.
This is a move that came completely out of left field. Reports early Monday morning indicated that the Rockies were not looking to move the 30-year-old All-Star. Tulo is hitting .305 with 12 homers, 52 RBI’s and a solid .353 on-base percentage this year. He’s coming off an injury-plagued 2014 campaign that saw him rack up a .340 average with 21 homers in just 91 games.
The five-time All-Star is in the midst of a 10-year, $157.8 million contract that he signed with Colorado back in 2010. Needless to say, this move was made for both the short term and the long term for Toronto. With him and Josh Donaldson slated to man the left side of the infield for the foreseeable future, Toronto has one of the best combos at those positions in the recent history of the Majors.
According to Rosenthal, Jose Reyes and prospects are headed to Colorado in the deal. Reyes, also a shortstop, is set to earn $44 million over the next two seasons. It will be interesting to see who else is involved. We will provide updates as they become available.
The parameters of the deal are pretty much known. LaTroy Hawkins joins Tulo in heading to Toronto. Meanwhile, the Rockies acquire Reyes and three minor league players—two of which are known.
— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) July 28, 2015
According to MLB.com, Jeff Hoffman was the third-best Blue Jays prospect heading into the season. The starter was a top-10 pick in last year’s draft. Miguel Castro was the team’s fifth-best prospect. That’s a mighty nice haul of arms for Tulo.
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