The Toronto Blue Jays are eating a lot of money for Troy Tulowitzki to not play for them in 2019 and beyond. Tuesday afternoon, they announced the shortstop’s release.
The Toronto Blue Jays today announce the release of SS Troy Tulowitzki.
— Blue Jays PR (@BlueJaysPR) December 11, 2018
Troy Tulowitzki is working out at Long Beach State and said to be in best health in a long time. This could be first in a line of moves for the Blue Jays, who continue to look to deal Russell Martin, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez could move, too.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2018
Someone will pick Tulowitzki up this offseason. If nothing else, that price is unbeatable. At least two questions surround him, though. For starters, his health is a genuine worry. But more than that, are his days at shortstop over? That will be interesting to keep an eye on as his market eventually develops.
In parts of 10 years with the Colorado Rockies, Tulowitzki hit .299/.371/.513 with 224 doubles and 188 dingers. But in parts of three seasons with Toronto, he hit just .250/.313/.414 with 39 doubles and 36 dingers. Injuries limited him to just 238 games as well, including 66 in 2017. Heel injuries made sure he didn’t play at all last season.
We don’t know how much the 34-year-old still has left in the tank. But if he’s healthy in 2019, it’s worth giving him a shot. Particularly on what is likely to be a one-year, prove-it deal. Which team makes the most sense as a landing spot?