By: Chandler Ragsdale
Last night, the Toronto Blue Jays made one of the moves of the season so far by dealing for former Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The Blue Jays gave up shortstop Jose Reyes to the Rockies, and also a couple of other players were involved as well. One of which was reliever Latroy Hawkins, who ended up in Toronto with Tulo. Tulo is probably the best offensive shortstop in the game right now, which makes this deal for Toronto huge. Reyes is no slouch himself, but putting Tulo in this already high-powered Blue Jays offense puts them from a .500 team to a team that I believe is now a team that will be playing in the postseason. If they can get their pitching straightened out. Another huge move that has already happened as well is Johnny Cueto being moved to the Kansas City Royals. The Royals are already a good team that is almost certainly postseason bound, and them grabbing Cueto shows that they are all in this year to get to and win a World Series. They also grabbed utility man Ben Zobrist from the Oakland A’s, who can be a spark plug to any team.
Here are 3 more trades that I could see happening by the trade deadline:
1. Cole Hamels goes to the New York Yankees/Los Angeles Dodgers: Cole Hamels pitches for the worst team in baseball right now, and he is a proven pitcher in this league that can go and be a number 1 for a number of teams right now. The Phillies have shown that they aren’t scared to move anybody either, considering that they just sent closer Jonathan Papelbon to Washington. The Yankees and Dodgers are 2 big money division leading teams, and Hamels wants to play for a contender, so don’t be surprised to see him moved to one of these teams very soon, especially the Yankees, who needs starting pitching more than the Dodgers.
2. Jose Reyes goes to a contending team: Jose Reyes is a good shortstop, but he has no place being in Colorado. The Rockies just got rid of the face of their franchise in Tulo, so they are obviously rebuilding. So don’t be surprised to see Reyes moved to a contending team in need of a shortstop such as the Pirates, who have lost Jordy Mercer to the DL with his injury. The Rockies would also like to get their hands on some of Pittsburgh’s young talent.
3. Jeff Samardzija goes to Toronto: As we all know, Toronto has great offense, but a rather weak pitching staff. The offense just got a lot more powerful too, with the addition of Troy Tulowitzki. Although, the pitching staff is still a problem, and Samardzija is a good pitcher that any contending team could use. He was traded at this time last year to Oakland, so it’s not to unlikely that he will be on the move again this season due to the disappointing season from the Chicago White Sox so far.
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