Troy Tulowitzki: “It’s tough for me now to trust anybody”

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The late July trade that sent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies to the Blue Jays took him by surprise. He signed a 10-year, $157.75 million pact with the team that took him seventh overall in the first round of the 2005 draft. He expected to be a Rockie his entire career.

Instead, Tulowitzki suddenly found himself not just with a new team, but in a new country, thrust in the middle of a playoff race. With the Jays, Tulowitzki played in the post-season for the first time since 2009. The process has left him jaded, though, as John Lott of the National Post reports:

“You know what, and this is just being completely honest, it’s tough for me now to trust anybody in this game after what happened,” he said softly. “I’m sure these guys (in the Toronto front office) are great here. But at the same time, with what happened, it’s really tough.”

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“I’m excited to go to spring training and get a fresh start with the team and be with these guys for a whole year and not have to worry about trade talks. The last three or four years I had to worry about it and talk about it every single day in Colorado. So, I’m looking forward to having a year where I don’t have to talk about it. It’s going to be great.”

Tulowitzki is under contract through 2020, his age 35 season, earning $20 million in each season through 2019 and $14 million in 2020 with a $15 million club option for 2021.

Tulowitzki posted an .818 OPS with the Rockies prior to the trade, but mustered only a .697 OPS during the regular season with the Jays. He had a handful of big hits in the post-season, racking up four RBI in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rangers, and three RBI in Games 3 and 5 of the ALCS against the Royals.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.