Tim wrote:What I'm saying is that if they thought he was 100% healthy, they'd keep him and play him until the trade deadline. If he's healthy, he proves his value and someone will pay up. If not, they've literally not cost themselves anything but playing time on a team going nowhere.
Toronto doesn't let him go for nothing unless they are pretty confident he's toast.
Just looking at his FG page, all of Tulo’s value since 2015 has been tied into his glove. He’s now 34, nearly five seasons removed from making an impact offensively, even at peak he wasn’t the pillar of health and durability (seems like 100% healthy is borderline literal here), and in a trade scenario is under contract through 2020 for $20 million + whatever’s left of his 2019 salary (TDL maybe leaves $7 million left?). What kind of prospect return does that player realistically get off half-most of one season? My guess is they would end up with a guy or two barely hanging onto the prospect label.
Moreso than him not being 100% finished as a player, the Blue Jays probably guessed it was a waste of time and energy even bothering to play then shop him. All that work and optimism to land iunno, someone’s Austin Filliere or something, isn’t really worth it. Instead they now have more options - they can play the 25 YO Gourriel until elite prospect Bichette Jr. is ready (sooner rather than later probably) or maybe pursue a FA who might have more trade value after half a season before calling up Bichette Jr. Either scenario benefits their long term more
The Yankees have had alot of success - Eric Chavez, Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, etc - off of former studs who were supposed to be finished. I have some optimism Tulowitzki can still play a little, just none that teams would trade anything to find out over 1.5 seasons for way money than the Yankees spent.
Edit: I have no clue how I can write so many words on this, good Jah