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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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 15: Jesus Tinoco #54 of the Colorado Rockies and the World Team works the fifth inning against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 15: Jesus Tinoco #54 of the Colorado Rockies and the World Team works the fifth inning against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

It’s hard to see how Toronto didn’t win the trade in the short-term. Tulowitzki boosted an already potent Blue Jays lineup and was part of two consecutive runs to the American League Championship Series. Meanwhile, the Rockies were saddled with Reyes and had to wait for prospects to mature into their roles.

However, in the long-term, the Rockies still have two players left in their system from the trade in Hoffman and Tinoco. Hoffman’s future with the organization is still a bit clouded but Tinoco certainly brings promise for his potential in the Colorado bullpen.

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Could Tinoco build up 4.8 WAR during his Rockies career, matching what Tulowitzki gave the Blue Jays in that statistical category? It’s possible. Tinoco’s future (and any rebound by Hoffman) balanced against Tulowitzki’s short stay north of the border could ultimately be what decides exactly which franchise won a trade that sent shockwaves through both clubhouses.

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