Early Tuesday morning the Colorado Rockies and the Toronto Blue Jays pulled off the most stunning move of the season, as the Rockies shipped All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Toronto Blue Jays for shortstop Jose Reyes, and pitching prospects Miguel Castro and Jeff Hoffman. Here are the SportsZone Trade Grades for each team:


This is a great trade for the Rockies on a number of different levels. First off, they get two prospects in Hoffman and Castro with high ceilings and great stuff if developed correctly. Hoffman was considered one of the top arms in the 2014 draft, but Tommy John surgery helped him fall to the Blue Jays, and he’s moved up to Double-A ball this year, seemingly fully recovered and ready to go. Castro, 20, was thrust into a bullpen role for the big club earlier this season after ending last year in High-A ball. He did not last in that role but he showed a majority beyond his years and a live arm that should prosper in the future, if he can develop his secondary pitches. The Rockies also cut their salary commitment in half by trading Tulowitzki; who is owed $20 million every year through 2019, $14 million in 2020, and a $15 million team option in 2021; for Reyes, who is owed roughly the same yearly salary, but only through 2017 with a $22 million team option in 2018. Of course, there is also the rather large likelihood that the rebuilding Rockies only acquired Reyes to move him before the deadline for even more pitching prospects, which would make this deal all that more of a win for a franchise that seemingly always needs more pitching. Regardless of a secondary trade, this is a solid return for the Rockies, even if it will take time and patience if they are to fully reap the benefits of long careers from Castro and Hoffman.


The Blue Jays ended Monday four games behind the Twins for the second Wild-Card and seven games behind the surging Yankees. Tulo gives them one more big thumper to go with Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Donaldson, and with the emergence of Devon Travis and Kevin Pillar, should be able to withstand the loss of Reyes from atop the lineup. It is a big risk for Toronto though, as once again they give up top pitching prospects (after losing Henderson Alvarez, Justin Nicolino, Noah Syndergaard and Anthony DeScalafani in 2013) for Tulo and Hawkins. the 42-year-old Hawkins will be a reliable option for a bullpen that definitely needs one with Brett Cecil and rookie Roberto Osuna leading the way this season, to mixed results. But the biggest risk is the length of Tulo’s contract given his injury history, putting even more pressure on the Blue Jays to win soon, and one has to wonder if this increases the likelihood Toronto makes a stronger push for a frontline starter such as Jeff Samardjiza or Cole Hamels. While Tulowitzki should continue to produce in such a loaded lineup, this deal is a tremendous risk for the Blue Jays, especially is they can’t find a way to overcome their deficit in the standings and push for the playoffs this season.

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