Here’s Some Of What The Colorado Rockies Got For Troy Tulowitzki


Jul 5, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop J. Reyes (7) at bat against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies made a blockbuster trade earlier tonight — here’s what they got in return (well, what we know so far) from the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Earlier this evening, the Colorado Rockies traded Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins to the Toronto Blue Jays for shortstop Jose Reyes and minor leaguers.

While the details are still coming in (and likely will tomorrow) about what the Rockies got in return for Tulowitzki in full, we at least know a little bit about some of the pieces that are falling now, as well as the contract relief (there is none, the Jays took Tulo’s entire contract) and more.

Now, let’s get to some of what the Rockies got back for Tulo, which, as you might expect, is a young haul of prospects that, again, will not be fully confirmed at least in the very near future:

Miguel Castro is the Blue Jays’ #5 prospect and #2 right-handed pitching prospect in their minor league system. He throws extremely hard, though did struggle some in the big leagues last year after Toronto rushed him up to the show.

Jeff Hoffman is an East Carolina University product who was very dominant in college, had Tommy John surgery, and has been working his way back in the minor leagues. He is the Jays’ #3 pitching prospect. Not a bad haul considering the Rockies ought to be in win-later mode, anyways.

There was thought at one point that Reyes would get flipped to a third team in a group deal.

That does not appear to be the case now, though obviously with Trevor Story and Cristhian Adames waiting in the wings in AAA and fully capable of manning shortstop at least in the short term, it would stand to reason that Reyes (and the $48 million he is owed) may not be with the Colorado Rockies for an extremely long time.

So there you have it — Reyes may wear a Rockies uniform, and it doesn’t look like (at least, at the present time), he’ll be returning to New York City or playing anywhere else. But things change. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.

This is a HUGE benefit for the Rockies. The Blue Jays ate Tulo’s entire contract, and on sheer money alone, the Rockies are going to save more than $52 million on this deal.

So it’s not just Castro! We don’t know who the minor leaguers are yet, but we do know that two more prospects are heading to Colorado in the deal. The Blue Jays have some very good ones: Max Pentecost, Jeff Hoffman (UPDATE: was just confirmed, above), and others, so a couple more minor leaguers may be an interesting piece to add to any Tulo haul.

The forgotten man in the deal, LaTroy Hawkins, is on the move again. In what he’s said will be his last season, frankly I’m surprised that the Colorado Rockies would move him (and that he’d be cool with it), but if he feels like he wants to win now, hey… here’s hoping, LaTroy.

This is not as fun of a way to look at the deal.

Ok, enough experts — what’s YOUR initial reaction to the Colorado Rockies trading Troy Tulowitzki?

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