Troy Tulowitzki’s time with Toronto ended with a bang (no not an injury) and not a whimper as he was surprisingly released yesterday. The move itself wasn’t that shocking but the timing certainly was.
The Jays will pay out the remaining $38m on his contract. Its not the worse deal though:
Big Baseball Buyouts (paid not to play)— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 11, 2018
1. Josh Hamilton, Angels, $68M
2. Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox, $48.6M
3. Troy Tulowitzki, Blue Jays, $38M
4. Prince Fielder, Tigers, $30M
5. Bobby Bonilla, Mets, $29.8M*
Our fan base reacted with a huge groan of disappointment...mainly as it casts doubt on Matt Gross’s continuing tenure on this site. Frankly he has has contributed more to Blue Jays baseball than Tulo has, and i’d hazard a guess that his injury record is far superior too.
One thing i will miss about Tulo was his defence. When healthy (he missed 289 games in 3 years) he was up there with the best of them:
Bu the reality is he hit just .250/.313/.414 across 238 games over two-plus seasons and didn’t take a single at-bat last year.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ decision to trade for Troy Tulowitzki in 2015 remains polarizing, especially now that the mortgage has come due says Shi Davidi.
Meanwhile new manager Charlie Montoyo is bursting with enthusiasm and optimism and is also not adverse to considering the opener strategy with our pitchers.
Talking of pitchers Stromand and Sanchez are being discussed among a number of teams but there is this:
#BlueJays are clearly asking a lot for Marcus Stroman & Aaron Sanchez.— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) December 12, 2018
Heard today that the price is still uncomfortably high for some interested clubs. From Jays’ perspective, Paxton return might be a useful general comp (2 yrs control). Other teams may not see it that way
- In other trade related whispers and rumours, the Jays are still engaged in talks with J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn.
- The Dodgers are keen to offload Yasiel Puig and the previously offloaded Matt Kemp (who is getting $21.5m next season)
- Red Sox would “listen” to offers on Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello, and Jackie Bradley Jr.
- The Yankees are still drooling over J.T. Realmuto as are the other team in New York that no one cares to join.
- Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde has taken a backward step in his career by joining the OriLOLes as their new manager
- The phinancially phanatical Phillies have started to spend their silly money by reaching an agreement with Andrew McCutchen on a three-year, $50 million contract, pending a physical. The deal includes a $15 million club option, with a $3 million buyout for 2022.
- The Phillies also met with Scott Boras today to talk about what it would take to get Bryce Harper (a 3sq km wedge of cash probably).
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And to end in glorious fashion: What’s the most jaw-droppingly brutal way that a team has lost a Major League game?
(N.B huge bonus of seeing Texas get its arse handed to it twice by the Jays)