Colorado Rockies: Did They Win or Lose the Troy Tulowitzki Trade?

Mar 11, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Miguel Castro was recently DFA'd by the Colorado Rockies
Apr 6, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Miguel Castro (46) reacts after being pulled during the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

The Rockies lost the deal most likely, but good has come from it. This could mean it helped them reach the playoffs even if the deal was a negative to begin with.

The Colorado Rockies got four players out of this deal, meaning the likelihood (at the time) of one of them developing into an All-Star caliber player is pretty large. However, the prospects arguably have underachieved.

Remember, the goal was to get prospects that could match Tulo’s value by 2017 or soon after. To begin with, Reyes ended up being a gigantic failure in Colorado gear. He was never necessarily a prospect to begin with, given he is over the age of 30. His constant problems off the field made him simply not worth keeping.

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Castro has not been a threat at the major league level quite yet. In fact, he was just recently designated for assignment by the Rockies. Castro is only 22 years old. There is still time for him to develop into a good pitcher, probably with another team.

Hoffman is the only pitcher in the trade that has seen much action in the MLB. Unfortunately, he has had a rough start as well. He posted a 4.88 ERA in 2016 while going 0-4 in eight games and six starts.

However, there is promise. Hoffman struck out 22 batters last year, close to three a game. Not too bad for a 24-year-old who still has an extremely high ceiling with very little professional experience under his belt.

Tinoco is the final player dealt to Colorado. He is only 21 years old, but hasn’t sniffed the majors and has yet to pitch above the A level.

However, there is one player out of all this that can guarantee the Rockies got value out of the trade. Someone not even in the trade itself. Rather, someone who may have not started if it were not for Tulo leaving town. His name? Trevor Story. Story worked his way into the starting position after Reyes was suspended and couldn’t play. He made storylines, as we all remember. Had it not been for an injury in his thumb, Story could have been the Rookie Of the Year, or at least runner up to Corey Seager.

Story has already had historic games and broken records. He could easily one day match the talent Tulowitzki had in his prime, or even be better.

Deciding who won this trade may come down to if the Blue Jays win a World Series in the near future.

With most of the pitching prospects still inexperienced, it is still pretty hard to say who got the most out of this deal. If the Blue Jays win a pennant, they likely will have the most proof towards winning the trade. However, Hoffman and Tinoco (and Story via the opening to play after the trade) still have a chance to bring Colorado to the top of the National League and show everyone the Rockies made the right move.