I’m starting to feel bad for Rockies fans. Like, more than normal.
But earlier this week Colorado had to cut its losses and trade star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays. It’s pretty common for lackluster teams to sell star players for a return of several promising prospects.
I doubt Tulowitzki was surprised to be sold off, but Rockies General Manager Jeff Bridich said Tulo was shocked when he found out he’ll be playing in Toronto for the rest of the season.
“That’s really the best way I could put it,” Bridich said in a press conference. “A lot of surprise, a lot of shock. There were a lot of questions.
“It’s not easy, these types of decisions are difficult,” he later continued. “Yes, there was some sadness.”
The real problem is the Rockies traded one star shortstop for another in Jose Reyes and, depending on who you ask, didn’t get the prospects they should be looking for in Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco.
And it doesn’t necessarily make sense for Toronto either, because they gave up three guys for essentially a minor upgrade to load the front half of the lineup with one more power hitter instead of a leadoff-type guy and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
Like I said, normally I just feel bad for the Rockies as they only have three playoff appearances since their first season in 1993 and haven’t celebrated Rocktober since 2007. But I can’t help but laugh that the team the Rockies are trading with hasn’t been to the playoffs since winning the World Series around the time Colorado formed a baseball team. Maybe if Toronto and Colorado found different trading partners they could make significant upgrades and actually go for a title run instead of just pretending.
The trade deadline hasn’t passed yet, and as I write this column there is still time to make another move — I’ve heard at least one rumor this deal is just a set-up trade — so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rockies have something up their sleeves.
But then again knowing the Rockies, I really wouldn’t be surprised if this was the bone-headed big move they’ve been planning all along.
Tavin Stucki is a sports writer from Midvale, Utah. As a Braves fan, he’s ready for a return to the glory days of the ’90s when Atlanta had three Hall-of-Famers in the starting rotation. Send any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.