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Tulo traded to Blue Jays in blockbuster

Troy Tulowitzki is a rare power hitter at a position not very well known for great offensive production.

Troy Tulowitzki is a rare power hitter at a position not very well known for great offensive production.

After weeks of reports that the Rockies would not be interested in trading their franchise shortstop Troy Tulowitzki they have finally decided to move their biggest piece, sending him to the Toronto Blue Jays along with relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins.

The Blue Jays sent disappointing veteran Jose Reyes to Colorado in a deal along with a few minor league players.

Tulowitzki has been one of the best players in baseball since coming into the league in 2006. The five-time All-Star is a power bat that can be the centerpiece of a lineup, a rarity for his position. The Rockies have tried to build their franchise around him but now at the age of 30 with a history of injuries, the team has clearly decided that he is not the centerpiece they need.

This year, Tulowitzki is hitting .305/.353/.478 with 12 home runs and 19 doubles. Over his 10-year career, Tulowitzki has topped 20 home runs six times and 30 home runs twice. Arguably, he is the best player in franchise history but the team has not made the playoffs since 2009 and are one of the worst teams in the league again this season. It is simply time for them to rebuild around different stars.

But their decision to move Tulowitzki is a huge move for the Blue Jays.

Sitting at 50-50 and just three games behind the Twins for the second wild card spot, the Blue Jays may have just put themselves ahead of their competition. Tulowitzki will be put in the middle of the order with offseason trade acquisition Josh Donaldson and sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

Reyes was hitting for a good average but that was about it. He was never a huge power hitter but he was losing his speed at 32-years-old. Tulowitzki is a significant upgrade across the board.

Hawkins will really help the Blue Jays as they go all-in on making a run to the postseason. The 42-year-old has been a reliable right-handed relief pitcher for the Rockies an will be a significant part of the Blue Jays bullpen.

It is not yet known who the minor league players are in the trade but presumably they have to be some of the best in their farm system to get a star shortstop with five more years on his current contract.

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