Colorado Rockies: Things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 24: A sign reads "Happy Thanksgiving" during Harris Community Works 15th Annual Turkey Giveaway at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church on November 24, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 24: A sign reads "Happy Thanksgiving" during Harris Community Works 15th Annual Turkey Giveaway at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church on November 24, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images) /
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Jesus Tinoco of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 12: Jesus Tinoco #32 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on September 12, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Cardinals defeated the Rockies 10-3. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Jesus Tinoco was apart of the trade but he has had an interesting ride in the last few months with the Rockies.

Jesus Tinoco didn’t make his debut with the club until 2019. The most notable outing he had was in his debut when he pitched a scoreless ninth to beat the Blue Jays ironically enough. He was traded in August to the Miami Marlins for Chad Smith. Two weeks after he showed up in Miami he was designated for assignment. Then he was picked back up by the Rockies in September but then he was designated for assignment last week. He cleared waivers and therefore, he will be in the Rockies minor league system. He will likely be invited to Major League Spring Training as a non-roster invite. However, he is the final piece of the trade in the Rockies system.

The real reason why the Tulo trade is nearly over is that the Rockies traded Jeff Hoffman on Thanksgiving Eve.

Hoffman was really the main piece of this trade and what excited Rockies fans the most in the thought of receiving a legitimate member of the rotation. First, RHP Hoffman was traded with Minor League RHP Case Williams to the Cincinnati Reds for RHP Robert Stephenson and Minor League OF Jameson Hannah.

Were thankful that this trade is finally done because it was a lot of drama when it happened. It was upsetting to see a superstar go. Tulo didn’t like how upper management handled it. Hoffman never really panned out, reaching his ceiling as an okay fifth starter. We’re happy Hoffman is getting another chance and hope he reaches a higher potential.

It didn’t feel like the Rockies won this trade initially. Tulo went on to be in the core of the Blue Jays postseason roster while the Rockies were terrible for the rest of 2015 and 2016. It brought nobody joy to see a Hall of Fame contender be hobbled by injuries. The trade was ultimately a Rockies victory though because it opened payroll enough to sign other players to create a well-rounded club. It can be argued that the wrong players were signed or if the Rockies were truly successful with two early playoff exits. But it gave the Rockies a chance. We’re thankful for that even if it was a fleeting moment.

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