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It is official Blue Jays fans. The Jays’ brass is committing to the youth movement fully. Yesterday, Troy Tulowitzki was released by the team and is still on track to make $38 Million over the next two seasons from the club. This came as a shock to many fans that were at least expecting Tulo to remain with the club and play for a roster spot this Spring.
For Tulo, this will signify a change of scenery. He will find a team in the Majors that is willing to take a shot on him for the league minimum pay this season rather easily. This is a guy that hit 24 home runs and drove in 79 runs in 2016. That was not too long ago but a lost season to double heel surgery had the Blue Jays looking to clear his roster spot. Tulo will find work elsewhere and it appears that the A's, Mariners, and others are already knocking on the door at the Winter Meetings.
For the Blue Jays, this is clearly a move to give full-time work to Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. Gurriel Jr. took to shortstop very quickly at the MLB level last season and excelled. He went on to triple slash his way to a respectable .281/.309/.446 in 65 games last season. This while hitting 11 homers and had the longest hitting streak in recent Blue Jays history.
The Blue Jays also have Richard Urena, who could now slide into the backup role for the infield. With Tulo gone, Gurriel Jr. and Urena are the depth for the moment. Bo Bichette is looming in the minors and will likely challenge for that position this Spring. Many would guess that Bo starts in Triple-A Buffalo for some further seasoning though.
This was a good move for both sides. The Blue Jays get the roster room that they need even if they had to pay out the nose for it. Tulo gets a chance to catch fire somewhere else and get away from the astroturf at the Rogers Centre. This is a rare win-win situation for all parties involved. Tulo - thanks for the memories and we wish you the best.
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