Troy Tulowitzki Joins Star Filled Toronto Blue Jays Lineup

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Jul 3, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) looks on prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

FINAL THOUGHTS

I love the fact that the Jays now have a face of the franchise beyond Jose and Edwin, both of which may be gone within 2 years. I also think that this deal opens up the possibility of the Jays dealing either Jose or Edwin for pitching. More than likely Edwin, since he has Justin Smoak, Danny Valencia, and Chris Colabello sitting on the sidelines waiting to take over 1B. The Jays lineup can now sustain the loss of Encarnacion. I expect them to attempt to move him to a team like SD in return for pitching.

However, the Jays continue to deal Elite pitching to other teams. Let’s see so far they’ve dealt Noah Syndergaard, Anthony DeSclafani, Justin Nicolino, Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin, Henderson Alvarez, and even sold Jesse Chavez to the A’s in 2012. 

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And now they need pitching more than ever. Doesn’t anyone ever notice how the Cards and Giants have won their World Series rings anymore? Pitching and excellent D. That’s what wins. With that in mind, I get the D upgrade with Tulo, but the P downgrade hurts……it hurts a lot. Not only now, but in 2016, 2017, 2018…….ect…..

It’s hard to argue that getting one of the best leaders and players in MLB is a bad thing. I can’t go that far. But if it’s the only thing the Jays do this trade deadline, it will be extremely disappointing since it doesn’t come close to address their real needs. They’ll simply continue to blow leads, to allow way too many runs, and to have the worst 5 SP in all of the AL.

I certainly hope they’re ready to watch Hoffman and Castro improve the Rockies pitching for years to come. That said, there’s no reason to expect the Jays to be done at this point, and I fully expect them to continue to add pieces now that they’ve show us they mean business in 2015 and are not going to let dealing high-end prospects stand in their way.

If there’s one thing Jays fans that will criticize this deal can’t say about Alex Anthopoulos and the Jays at this point is that they’ve done nothing, which is more than they could say in 2014 when Jose Bautista watched the season drift by without any moves made.

For this reason and the franchise face value that Troy Tulowitzki provides the Jays for years to come, I give this deal an A minus. Had they not dealt so much high-end pitching, it may have warranted an A plus.

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