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.”
“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.