Troy Tulowitzki, a former All-Star shortstop with the Rockies, was released on Tuesday by the Toronto Blue Jays. With two years plus an option remaining on his contract, the Blue Jays will owe Tulowitzki $38 million.
“Through many conversations with Troy and his representative Paul Cohen, and with consideration to what is in the best interest of both sides, we made the decision to release Troy today.” said Ross Atkins, General Manager, Toronto Blue Jays.
A five-time All-Star with the Rockies, who won both Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards in 2010 and 2011, Tulowtizki has been slowed by injuries the last eight seasons. He appeared in only 589 games the last seven seasons, appearing in as many as 100 games only twice.
He has not appeared in a game since July 8, 2017, missing the rest of that season when he suffered ligament damage, stepping on the foot of another player while running bases.
He sat out the entire 2018 season because of bone spurs on both heels.
Despite his injury problems, he recently announced he did not plan to play any position other than shortstop, which sped up the Blue Jays decision-making on Tulowitzki’s fugture with the franchise.
The Rockies traded Tulowitzki, along with veteran pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, to the Blue Jays for pitching prospects Jesus Tinoco, Miguel Castro and Jeff Hoffman, and veteran shortstop Jose Reyes on July 28, 2015.
In nine seasons plus four months with the Rockies he hit .290 with 188 home runs and 657 RBI. He, however, hit only .250 with 36 home runs and 122 RBI in two years plus two months with the Blue Jays.