Arizona Diamondbacks Win on the Troy Tulowitzki Deal

By Thomas Lynch

Jul 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) fields the ball in the fifth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks had a good day in the deal-making world on Monday. No, I do not refer to the trade that sent J.C. Ramirez to the Seattle Mariners as our own Joe Jacquez wrote about yesterday. When the the division rival Colorado Rockies traded their star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays, they dealt one of the biggest headaches the D’backs have had to deal with over the years.

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Since he came up in 2006, Tulo has homered against the Snakes 26 times, his most against any club. He has also driven in 78 runs, tied with the Padres for the most RBI’s vs. any single opponent. In 522 career plate appearances vs. Arizona, Tulo is batting .282 with an on-base percentage .363 and slugging .515. While the Rockies’ lineup will still be formidable in the two teams’ remaining six games with one another, it will be less so without the shortstop in the #3 hole.

I hope the trade works out well for Troy Tulowitzki. He seems like a good enough guy that had to deal some lousy baseball after 2009 and lots of questions about his trade availability for the last three years. At the same time, I am glad the D’backs don’t have to face him 19 times a year anymore.