Colorado Rockies: Re-examining the 2015 trade with the Toronto Blue Jays

DENVER, COLORADO - MAY 31: Pitcher Jesus Tinoco #32 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Coors Field on May 31, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - MAY 31: Pitcher Jesus Tinoco #32 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Coors Field on May 31, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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Former Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is heading to the Yankees
DENVER, CO – JUNE 28: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws to first base for an out in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 28, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Colorado Rockies 14-9. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images) /

Troy Tulowitzki was traded to the Blue Jays in a move that would hopefully give Toronto the final piece it needed to win a World Series. The Jays reached the American League Championship Series in 2015 and 2016 but would go no further.

Tulowitzki, however, could never piece it completely together in the postseason at the plate. He was the second-leading batter for the Jays in the 2015 ALCS against Kansas City, hitting .304 in 23 at-bats with a home run and seven RBI. That followed a .095 performance against Texas in the American League Division Series. The following season, he would hit just .111 in the 2016 ALCS against Cleveland after hitting .462 against Texas in the ALDS.

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That 2016 season also was the beginning of Tulowitzki’s injury issues in Toronto. A quad strain landed him on the 15-day DL in June. The following year, he would see action in just 66 games thanks to hamstring and ankle injuries. Bone spurs cost him the 2018 season and he would be released by the Blue Jays on December 11.

Picked up by the New York Yankees in April of this year, he is currently on the 60-day injured list with a left calf strain.

With Toronto, he totaled 4.8 WAR in 238 games. With Colorado, he totaled 39.4 WAR in 1,048 games.

Hawkins, meanwhile, pitched in 18 games with the Blue Jays and put up a 2.76 regular-season ERA. His postseason experience with Toronto was limited and unimpressive, giving up two runs in 0.2 innings in the ALDS and five runs in just one combined inning in the ALCS.

He retired that offseason.

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