Troy Tulowitzki trade: Rockies deal SS to Blue Jays for Reyes, pitchers

The Blue Jays and Rockies reportedly have agreed to the biggest trade yet ahead of this year's non-waiver deadline.Toronto is acquiring All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies in exchange for shortstop Jose Reyes and three minor leaguers, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal and's Jon Heyman. Right-handers Miguel Castro and Jeff Hoffman, two of the Jays' top pitching prospects, will head to Colorado, according to multiple reports. Heyman reported Tuesday morning that the fourth player may be right-hander Jesus Tinoco. MORE: 11 Padres who could be moved | Jays should go get Cole HamelsFox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reported that Reyes likely will be flipped to a third team in a separate trade, but the New York Post's Joel Sherman reported the Rockies have not yet lined up a deal. Colorado has a top shortstop prospect, Trevor Story, who was recently promoted to Triple-A. Neither team has confirmed the reports. .com's Thomas Harding reported that Tulowitzki met with Rockies manager Walt Weiss in Weiss'

office at Wrigley Field late Monday after the Rockies lost to the Cubs on Kris Bryant's first career walkoff home run. Tulowitzki then left the ballpark without speaking to reporters.In Tulowitzki, the Jays add another power bat to an offense that leads the majors with 5.28 runs per game. The 30-year-old was batting .305/.353/.478 with 12 home runs heading into Monday's game. He joins fellow right-handed hitting threats Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin in Toronto's lineup.Toronto's infield defense also figures to improve, based on at least one advanced metric. Tulowitzki is break-even in defensive runs saved (zero) this season, while Reyes is at minus-8.Most observers believe the Jays should add pitching, both starters and relievers, rather than offense. Bad pitching is a main reason the Jays enter Tuesday's play 50-50 and three games out of a playoff spot. Toronto is 23rd in the majors with a 4.07 staff ERA.Hawkins, 42, will help in a small way. He was the Rockies' closer for part of last season but has pitched in middle relief this year. He posted a 3.63 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 22 1/3 innings before Monday.Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos is spending some of his biggest prospect chips in this deal. This likely will affect his ability to land a Cole Hamels, Jeff Samardzija or Carlos Carrasco in a trade.Reyes, 32, will be an adequate replacement for Tulowitzki if he stays in Colorado. The switch hitter had a .285/.322/.385 slash line and 16 stolen bases entering Monday's play. Castro, 20, made his major league debut with the Jays earlier this season, pitching in 13 games (12 1/3 innings) and posting a 4.38 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. He has been pitching at Triple-A Buffalo.Hoffman, 22, was the Jays' first-round selection (ninth overall) in last year's draft out of East Carolina. He has a 2.93 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and a 46:17 K:BB ratio in 13 games (all starts) and 67 2/3 innings between Single-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. He is just over 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery Tinoco, 20, is in his fourth professional season after being signed out of Venezuela. He had a 3.54 ERA in 15 games (all starts) and 81 1/3 inning for Single-A Lansing.Up until last week, the Rockies were adamant that they would not move the face of their franchise, and Tulowitzki recently repeated his desire to remain in Denver.Tulowitzki's contract and injury history were seen as stumbling blocks to any deal. He is guaranteed $99 million over the next five years, which includes a $4 million buyout of a $15 million club option for 2021. He has not played a full season since 2011 because of a variety of ailments, most notably a hip injury. He had played in 86 of the Rockies' 96 games this year entering Monday. He'll be joining one of the two major league clubs that play their home games on artificial turf (the Rays are the other).Rosenthal reported that Tulowitzki will gain full no-trade rights and receive a $2 million assignment bonus, per his contract, with the trade. Heyman reported that Toronto will take on all of Tulowitzki's contract and that Colorado will take on all of Reyes' deal. Reyes has two years and $44 million remaining on his contract, plus a $22 million option for 2018 with a $4 million buyout.there is no $ involved in the tulo trade. straight deal.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 28, 2015

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