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Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays is a Head Scratcher

Troy Tulowitzki being dealt was guaranteed to be a sure fire hit for the team acquiring him.

Yet, this blockbuster – which sent Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins from Colorado to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects – comes off as a bit of a head scratcher.

It’s almost as if late the other night, Toronto’s front office was having a team building session at a local watering hole and someone randomly chimed in and said, “Let’s add another bat, eh?”

Don’t mistake the tone here: Troy Tulowitzki is THE premier shortstop in baseball today.  He’s arguably the best offensive bat at the position and one of the premier defensive players, too.

When it comes to Toronto’s offense, the rich most definitely got richer. 

The only knock on Tulo has been the simple fact that he can’t stay on the field regularly.  Just look at the total number of games over the last five seasons (2010-2014): 122, 143, 47, 126 and 91.  Bear in mind, he has managed to play in 87 of 99 games this season, but will now be playing regularly on Toronto’s artificial turf, which could cause some complications for a somewhat fragile frame.

But the question isn’t so much on Tulowitzki (heck, he hit a HR and had two doubles in his debut earlier tonight), but instead with the 2015 Blue Jays, a team that clearly didn’t need any additional help offensively.  As of earlier today, Toronto led all of Major League Baseball with 530 runs.  In fact, no other team in either league had yet to pass the 500 mark.

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Troy Tulowitzki smacks home run, has three hits in Blue Jays debut

That’s why the movement of three pitching prospects is a bit puzzling for a team that clearly didn’t have any issues scoring runs.  It’s especially puzzling when two of the three prospects (Jeff Hoffman – 3rd, Miguel Castro – 9th) were listed in Toronto’s top ten prospect list, according to Baseball America.

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WIFE SPEAK: When asking THE WIFE what she thought of the Troy Tulowitzki trade, she simply replied, “Too-low-what-what-what?”

One reason for the move could be to prevent other teams from acquiring him, mainly the Yankees, who had been flirting with the idea of acquiring Tulowitzki for quite some time now.

The courtship became a hot rumor once the news broke that Derek Jeter was retiring.

Despite the talent being moved, the deal reeks of a team like the 2001 Texas Rangers, fourth in runs (890) and first in home runs (246), but dead last in team ERA (5.71).  Texas was loaded with big boppers like Pudge Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez and Michael Young.  That team finished last in the AL West and the 2002 Texas Rangers were a similar bunch.

Once the Rangers added more pitching, the franchise reached the next level.  The 2010 Rangers (10th in MLB – 3.93 ERA) and 2011 Rangers (13th in MLB – 3.79 ERA) each made it to the World Series.

The odd connection to all of this?  It’s R.A. Dickey, who was on that ’01 Rangers team and is on this year’s Toronto squad.  He joins Mark Buehrle at the top of a starting rotation that is ranked 23rd in baseball – and that’s the whole point.

Toronto needs an anchor to its rotation, because plain and simple, great pitching almost always beats great hitting in the playoffs.  Just look at the likes of Madison Bumgarner, Curt Schilling, Jon Lester, Randy Johnson and even… wait for itCole Hamels – a popular trade deadline target in 2015.

That’s a popular trade target that per Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, has reportedly been dealt from Philadelphia to…wait for it, again… you guessed it, the Texas Rangers.

That leaves another big arm likely off the market.

So, Troy Tulowitzki? 

A great player that Canada will love?  YES.

A hockey-like name, too?  YES.  

But is he the player that Toronto really needs at the current time?

That remains to be seen, but statistically, it doesn’t make sense.

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By | 2017-08-25T17:31:33+00:00 July 29th, 2015|Kevin Paul, MLB, Writers|5 Comments

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  1. admin August 1, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    TOP-

    People (including myself) have stated that this isn’t the same AL East this year… but with that said, it’s up for grabs, even with NY gaining some ground on the field.

    Toronto is really going for it and to be honest, they have been great offensively, but had to rely too much on some aging veterans and unseasoned rookies. The additions they made were solid, but they have depleted a hefty portion of the farm system now. It’s going to be interesting to see how they do.

  2. admin August 1, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    REV-Chump,

    Yeah, talk about enhancing your trade value with that gem, huh? Philly should have sent him off with some additional prize packages.

    Yeah, of course, I write this up and they make this piece a little bit pointless when acquiring Price. I was going to add an update with that but didn’t. People can figure that out, if they read this.

    Thanks, the water’s fine. You were right.

    I guess I should start posting links on that Facebook group you pointed me to?

  3. SportsChump July 30, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    As I hit enter on my keyboard, I look to Facebook to find that David Price is now a Blue Jay.

    Guess that Troy trade makes a little more sense now, huh?

  4. SportsChump July 30, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    I’ve heard of Troy Tulowitzki but who the hell is this Kevin Paul guy?

    Welcome back to the internet, my friend.

    On a side note, have you read anywhere whether a guy has been traded immediately after throwing a no-hitter? That was bizarre, huh?

    I get that the Blue Jays needed pitching over bats but I guess Toronto felt Tulo made their team better. Either that or they’re smoking too much of the maple leaf.

    I just with the damn Rays could trade for a bat they didn’t have to buy at the Dollar Store.

  5. admin July 30, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Hey TOP,

    I wouldn’t go so far to say that Toronto sucks. The AL East is winnable and the Jays just need to add an impact starter. They have the depth in their minor league system, which is why I don’t get using two of the top ten prospects to add another impact, when the offense is by far the best in the league, when it comes to scoring runs. Easier said than done to make a trade for a major piece, but… I question this move for that reason.

    As for Colorado, well, yes, it was time to move Tulo. They should find a taker for CarGo, too. Then build around Arenado.

    By the way, I told you the Astros would compete this year, didn’t I?

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