Holy cow, what a way to end the night. The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Jose Reyes, Miguel Castro and minor-league players, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com.
Tulowitzki, 30, joins an already stacked lineup that features Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson. It has been widely reported that the Blue Jays were in on starting pitching and there was little indication that they were in on a big time hitter, let alone one of Tulowitzki’s caliber.
Hawkins, 42, is an upgrade in the Blue Jay’s bullpen. The 21-year MLB veteran has had a nice career and this will be his last stop as a major-leaguer, as he said before the season that this will be his last big league season.
Reyes, 32, had fallen out of favor with the Blue Jays, with one of the reasons being his poor defense. The oft-injured shortstop is scheduled to make $22 million in both 2016 and 2017. He also has a club option for the 2018 season that can be bought out for $4 million.
Castro, 20 , is one of the Jay’s Top 10 prospects and he is a player with a lot of potential, given his above average arm and youth. In 13 games pitched this season, he is 0-2 with a 4.38 ERA and 12/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Don’t let the below average stats fool you. Castro is a good get for the Rockies.
It’s unclear who the Rockies are getting in addition to Reyes, but one source suggests that the Rockies are fans of Jeff Hoffman, the Blue Jays’ first round pick (9th overall) in the 2014 draft. It’s unclear if he is in the deal, but it would make sense. Stay tuned.
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