Latest posts by John Lawless (see all)
- How Harold Reynolds Pissed Off A Whole Country With One Sentence - October 13, 2015
- Wild Card Predictions - October 5, 2015
- 20 Best Fantasy Names - September 18, 2015
The Toronto Blue Jays have added more firepower to their already stacked batting order. General Manager Alex Anthopolous acquired arguably the best shortstop in baseball in Troy Tulowitzki in exchange for Jose Reyes and minor league players. Of course, Jays fans are raving over Tulo coming to the squad, but did the Bluebirds really need more bats in their lineup?
The Twitterverse and every sports outlet was buzzing about this trade that occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The deal was unconfirmed for a while and after that the details of the swap were not released until closer to noon on Tuesday. Speculation was everywhere, wondering which players were headed to Colorado in exchange for this superstar shortstop. Stroman? Norris? Pompey? Pentecost? Names flew around for hours until the deal was finalized, and none of those names were involved. Toronto ended up trading away fireballer Miguel Castro, ninth overall pick Jeff Hoffman, and young reliever Jesus Tinoco. LaTroy Hawkins also came over from the Rockies to add an extra arm for the struggling Jays bullpen, but giving up three prospects in the deal is a bit concerning. Hawkins is a grizzled veteran who adds experience to to Toronto’s lineup but he is far from solving the Jays’ pitching woes.
Tulowitzki coming over to Toronto in exchange for Reyes was a steal for Anthopolous in my opinion. Yes, Tulo is injury prone, but Reyes has become a band-aid over his time in Toronto. While we do lose speed along the basepaths, Tulowitzki is much better defensively than Reyes. Tulo hasn’t exactly been immune to injuries, he had hip surgery last October and has been plagued by injuries throughout his six year career. Tulowitzki has 13 home runs, 56 RBI and a very impressive .305 batting average. Jose Reyes has just 4 home runs, 34 RBI and hitting .285. Reyes also has 13 errors compared to Tulo’s 8.
This trade is eerily similar to the deal at the start of the year that brought in Josh Donaldson. The Jays upgraded an injury prone player (Brett Lawrie) into one of the best players in the league. In both trades Toronto gave up pitching prospects with promise as well. Both trades seem to be benefitting the Jays, Donaldson’s numbers speak for themselves and Tulo had a brilliant debut going 3-5 with a home run and 3 RBI. What Anthopolous may be doing here is acquiring another strong hitter in order to trade another one for a closing pitcher. The Jays have already acquired Tigers’ ace David Price and are interested in Padres closer Craig Kimbrel, and by making the Tulowitzki trade gives him the option of trading a player like Edwin Encarnacion for one of those hurlers.
The Blue Jays are a much different looking team since the start of this this past week, and AA says he’s not done yet. Anthopolous needs to make a move for a closer in order to help Toronto make that extra step into becoming a real contender.