The Blue Jays are finally beginning to realize the price they had to pay in order to make the post-season in 2015.
So was it worth it? To spend all that money on aging veterans like Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin so they could end that miserable 21-year playoff drought. I’d say so. It’s just unfortunate that neither Tulowitzki or Martin were anything close to the players they were when they started with the Blue Jays.
I always figured if the Blue Jays were going to release any player with a sizeable contract, it would have been Martin (And it still very well could be). On account of him having just one year remaining on his deal compared to Tulowitzki who had two. The fact that they’d release Tulowitzki and be on the hook for the $38-million he’s owed seemed like far too much money for Toronto to pay someone who wasn’t even playing for them.
Several people have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to the Blue Jays decision to do this. No one more so than Tulowitzki who’s making out like a bandit and will also get the opportunity to continue his career as a starting shortstop. When healthy, Tulowitzki playing shortstop is a sight to behold. Hopefully he regains his health and can remind the world just how special he is defensively.
As for Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Richard Urena, and Bo Bichette, consider how highly the Blue Jays think of you for them to release a fellow shortstop still owed such a ridiculous amount of money. Tulowitzki may very well still be a productive player. So for Toronto to make such a ballsy decision, they must have complete faith that what they’ll get from Gurriel in 2019 will be far more than what Tulowitzki could have provided.
It won’t take long to see how much interest the league has in Tulowitzki. Even if he isn’t 100%, there will be plenty of teams lining up for his services. All I can say is I’ll be mighty pissed if he ends up signing with the Yankees.