Report: Tulowitzki blindsided when informed Rockies traded him to Toronto
CHICAGO — Former Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was stunned when manager Walt Weiss yanked him from the game against the Chicago Cubs in the ninth inning and informed him he was being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday.
Yahoo baseball writer Jeff Passan wrote:
There was always an agreement between Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort and his star shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, spoken out loud so as to be abundantly clear: If the Rockies were to trade Tulowitzki, they were going to ask for his blessing first. Then came the blockbuster deal that sent him to the Toronto Blue Jays late Monday night, and Tulowitzki, according to sources inside the Rockies’ clubhouse, found out not via a phone call but when teary-eyed manager Walt Weiss yanked him from their game in the ninth inning.
Tulowitzki was reportedly traded to the Blue Jays along with LaTroy Hawkins for shortstop Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects.
The move was reminiscent of when the Rockies traded pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez in 2011. Jimenez was set to take the mound after warming up only to be removed after pitching one inning.
Sources told Passan the rest of the team was stunned by the trade after word leaked out after the game Monday and many were not happy owner Dick Monfort did not fly to Chicago to inform Tulowitzki, the face of the franchise, in person.
In the end, the Rockies felt like they owed Tulowitzki nothing, and that’s business, brutal and unforgiving and, more than anything when it comes to the Rockies, typical.