Troy Tulowitzki has been unhappy in the Colorado Rockies organization. The Rockies drafted him in the 2005 amateur draft and has since been one of few shining stars on a struggling team. In his 10 years with the organization, the team made just two playoff appearances, one that resulted and in World Series loss in 2007, and one that resulted in a Division Series loss in 2009.
The shortstop hinted that he wanted to play for a winning team and he no longer wanted to play for the last place Rockies. While it was not much of an upgrade, the Rockies traded Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays, who are third place in the American League East and are exactly .500.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Toronto was not on Tulowitzki’s list of desirable teams:
tulo had no no-trade clause. while he preferred dodgers, giants or yanks, it wasnt his call. #jays
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 28, 2015
In 2011, the oft-injured shortstop signed a 10-year, $157 million contract, which means the Blue Jays now have control over him until after the 2021 season. He now joins a powerful offense, playing with Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Donaldson.
Although he did prefer the Dodgers, it would not have made sense for the team to take him. Jimmy Rollins has not performed up to his potential, but the Dodgers have depth in the minor leagues. Corey Seager, who the Dodgers drafted in 2012, is currently the No. 4 prospect in baseball and No. 1 in the Dodgers organization.
This season in Triple-A, Seager has slashed .274/.327/.448 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs in just 68 games.
Because of this, the Dodgers are more focused on obtaining a starting pitcher and in the front office’s efforts to do this, Yasiel Puig may now be on the trading block. Although it may have been nice to see another big name in Hollywood, there was no need for the Dodgers to try for Tulowitzki.