Colorado Rockies Trade Troy Tulowitzki To The Toronto Blue Jays

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

The Colorado Rockies traded their star shortstop for another shortstop, some minor leaguers, and a completely different path forward.

The Colorado Rockies pulled Troy Tulowitzki for the ninth inning of Monday night’s loss to the Chicago Cubs, and for good reason: the club traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and some yet-to-be-named minor leaguers.

LaTroy Hawkins has also been sent to the Blue Jays in the deal, with the deal’s financial terms (if any regarding contracts) still undisclosed.

Reyes, a veteran shortstop, is a good player, but obviously a short-term fill in. The deal, from the Rockies’ perspective, hinges on the minor leaguers involved in the trade, and what the Rockies may have just picked up to better contend moving forward well beyond 2015.

Either way, it’s a blockbuster trade for a team and a guy that were inextricably intertwined up until this point.

Remember, the Jays drafted Ricky Romero instead of choosing Tulowitzki in the 2006 MLB Amateur Entry Draft, and had been pining for the Rockies’ shortstop ever since then. They finally got their man.

More coming soon in terms of who the Rockies got in return, when we know. Hat tip to the tireless Ken Rosenthal for first reporting the news:

Wow. Can’t believe the Rockies actually pulled the trigger.