Troy Tulowitzki made this great play to throw out Marcell Ozuna during Tuesday night’s Marlins/Rockies game in Miami. The Marlins won 4-3 and improved to 2-0 on the young season. It’s reason for optimism in south Florida, but let’s not go overboard. The Marlins aren’t about to go out and start printing up playoff groupons, are they?
It’s plays like this (and the $100+ million remaining on his contract, which runs through 2020) why Tulowitzki’s name should come up all year in trade rumors. If you type his name into Google, “Troy Tulowitzki Yankees” is the second option. Once Derek Jeter announced his retirement, hopeful (if not spoiled) Yankees’ fans immediately began pining for Brian Cashman to bring the Colorado shortstop to the Bronx.
At the moment Colorado’s roster doesn’t look like it’s built to contend any time soon. Given that Miguel Cabrera’s recent contract extension will pay him more than $31 million per season, Tulowitzki’s deal — which pays $20 million per year through 2019 and $14 million in 2020 with an option for 2021 — might not be as hard to move as it might first appear, especially for a cash-rich team like the Yankees. Finding the suitable prospects or Major League ready players to satisfy Colorado is probably the harder part in any potential deal.
Last month stories emerged that the Rockies considered trading Tulowitzki to the Cardinals for a package that included Shelby Miller.
Anyways: at the height of his powers, did Jeter ever pull off a jump throw of this caliber? (Honest question.)
Nice pick at first by Justin Mourneau, too.