The Toronto Blue Jays are the third oldest team in the major leagues, only behind the Braves and the Angels. (which are both bad teams) That is a big problem, especially in the AL East where all the teams are getting younger and faster. Just a season ago, this team was built on power. With the loss of Encarnacion to free agency and Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki to the DL, this team looked totally different. It looked more versatile and less right-bat dominated.
A Tulowitzki-less Blue Jays team isn’t necessarily better right now but in a year or two, it will look better and better. Troy Tulowitzki is a fantastic defender and very talented offensively, but he is 32 and that number will just keep climbing. This team isn’t going to get younger if they don’t do anything and that starts with shipping off some veterans for younger talent. If they don’t make a move on him now, as his age increases, his value will decrease.
So what will happen if they do trade Tulowitzki this season? They have plenty of solid replacements in Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins. Two players who are faster, and are great defensively. Many teams could use an upgrade at shortstop like Arizona and the Angels, and Tulowitzki could fetch a hefty price on the market. If you look at the history of this management team, it doesn’t seem crazy that they could be considering it, especially considering all the picks and prospects that you can get for a star shortstop.
A lot of people might not like this idea, but if you take a step back and think about the future, this is a really smart move that could keep the Blue Jays competitive for a longer period of time.
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