Rockies Deal Troy Tulowitzki to Blue Jays for Jose Reyes, Prospects

tuloThe Colorado Rockies stunned their fans and most of major league baseball dealing All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays for José Reyes and a package of prospects.

The Blue Jays also will receive reliever LaTroy Hawkins, while right-handers Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco are the prospects going to the Rockies. Hoffman, the ninth overall pick in the 2014 Draft, is ranked as Toronto’s No. 3 prospect and the No. 69 prospect in the game, while Castro was ranked No. 5 and Tinoco No. 29 in Toronto’s system.

Tulowitzki is set to earn $20 million annually through the 2019 season. He’s also owed $14 million in 2020 and has a club option for $15 million in 2021. Because he has been traded, Tulowitzki will receive a $2 million bonus, and he may be traded only once during the life of his contract, activating a blanket no-trade clause.

Tulowitzki has battled injuries in recent years, and was limited to 91 games in 2014 because of a hip issue, was sidelined for part of the 2013 season with a fractured rib, and he appeared in just 47 games in 2012 because of a groin injury, but has been healthy so far in the 2015 season posting a .305 average and an .831 on-base plus slugging percentage and has a  career slash line of .299/.372/.514.

Reyes appeared in 143 games last year for Toronto,  despite lingering injuries with his ankle, hamstring, ribs and shoulders. Reyes is set to earn $22 million per season in 2016 and ’17, and his contract has a $4 million buyout on a $22 million club option for 2018.