Tulowitzki to Blue Jays, Reyes to Rockies
July 28, 2015
Two of baseball's leading shortstops were traded last night. Troy Tulowitzki went to the Toronto Blue Jays and Jose Reyes went to the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies also got three minor league pitchers and Toronto gained veteran relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins in the trade.
The two shortstops have much in common. Both have long-term contracts with top salaries, although Tulowitzki's goes through 2020 and Reyes' contract ends in 2017. They both have awards for their offensive play. Tulowitzki has two Silver Slugger awards while Reyes has a batting title and one Silver Slugger award. While Tulowitzki has power and has hit 12 home runs so far this season, Reyes has speed with three stolen base titles and 16 stolen bases this season. Tulowitzki has won two Gold Gloves but Reyes, too, is an excellent defensive player with a career fielding percentage of .980 (Tulo's is .985).
In the past few seasons, both shortstops have had injuries that limited their playing time. Tulo's injuries came in 2012 and 2014 while Reyes spent considerable time on the DL in 2013. Another similarity is in the length of time each player has had with one team. This season was Tulowitzki's tenth season with the Rockies and Reyes played for nine seasons with the New York Mets.
Both Tulowitzki and Reyes are having good seasons this year. Tulowitzki has a .305 batting average with 97 hits, 19 doubles, 12 home runs, 52 RBIs, and 46 runs in 86 games. Reyes, who has played in 69 games so far, has a .285 batting average with 82 hits, 17 doubles, 34 RBIs, 16 stolen bases, and 36 runs.
The Blue Jays acquired the oldest pitcher (and player) in major league baseball this year with LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins, who is 42 years old, has over 20 years of experience in the major leagues. He started his career in 1995 with the Minnesota Twins and he stayed with them for nine years. Since leaving the Twins in 2004, he's played for nine other teams. In his 20 years as a MLB player, Hawkins has a 4.32 ERA, 74 wins to 94 losses, and 126 saves in 1,024 games.
In the trade, the Rockies got three young minor league pitchers. Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco are 20 years old and Jeff Hoffman is 22. Tinoco and Hoffman have played only in the minors, Tinoco since 2012 and Hoffman only this season. Castro made his major league debut this season, pitching 12.1 innings in 13 games. He has a 4.38 ERA with 4 saves and he has given up 15 hits, 7 runs, and 2 home runs.