Scott Kazmir to Houston. Johnny Cueto to Kansas City. Cole Hamels tossing a no-hitter in what quite likely was his final start for the Phillies.
What’s next?
Try this: Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto.
A wild and wacky trade season got even a little nuttier late Monday night when, according to a FoxSports report, the Blue Jays acquired Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies in a six-player blockbuster. It appears fellow All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes is headed to Colorado, at least for now, although multiple reports indicated Reyes likely will be on the move again because the Rockies are prepared to call up touted shortstop prospect Trevor Story from Triple-A.
Regardless, the Jays’ high-powered offense will get another boost from Tulowitzki, a five-time All-Star who has averaged 29 homers and an .885 OPS and won two Gold Gloves in his 10-year career. This isn’t a two-month rental either. The 30-year-old slugger has just over $100 million remaining on a contract that runs through 2020, with a $15 million team option for 2021.
“Crazy,” said an official from one of the teams involved in the trade.
And with the non-waiver deadline still four days away, things figure to only get crazier.
The Jays, who haven’t made the playoffs since 1993, clearly are going for it, adding Tulowitzki to a lineup that includes Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. In order to catch the Yankees atop the AL East, though, they must improve their pitching. Toronto is believed to covet White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who remains scheduled to start tonight against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
But the White Sox have won five games in a row, and although the victories have come against the struggling Cleveland Indians and last-place Red Sox, their recent surge might be enough to at least give general manager Rick Hahn a second thought about whether to play the seller role.
“We love how we’ve been playing,” Samardzija, who has been traded twice in the past 12 months, said yesterday. “We need to come in and handle our business, and when the deadline comes down the road, you see where you’re at. I’m just trying to stay in my lane and just do what I do with pitching and let everyone else handle that.”
The Tigers also must decide which course to plot over the next few days. Having made the playoffs in four consecutive years, Detroit is accustomed to being …Read More