For years, Troy Tulowitzki has been one of the dependable shortstops in the league and played a huge role in getting the Blue Jays to back-to-back Postseason appearances. However, he is getting older, he costs a fortune (20 million until 2019, then 14 million for 2020, and 15 million for 2021), and his offence isn’t at the same level as it used to be.
Shortstop is one of the only positions in which the Blue Jays actually have some depth in. They have Ryan Goins, Darwin Barney and if necessary, Devon Travis. Those players don’t exactly have the same reputation as Tulo, but they are solid defensively, they can play small ball, and they don’t cost an arm and a leg.
According to Sportsnet Stats on Twitter, “Blue Jays are 26-20 (.565) without Troy Tulowitzki. They are 27-39 (.409) when he plays.” Obviously, this isn’t all Tulowitzki’s fault, but that is an enormous sample size and is worth noting.
With Tulo’s season most likely over due to his ankle injury, trading him now will not get the Blue Jays much in return, but hopefully, sometime in the next season, management considers this move.