The news has come down that Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a hip injury that has kept him out of action since mid-July. The question now isn't will he come back from injury — Rockies fans have seen him do that many times already — the question is now has this been Troy's last season with the Rockies?
Troy has been wowing the mile high crowd with is spectacular defense and offensive prowess since his scintillating rookie campaign in 2007. His career numbers are mighty fine, posting a slash of .299/.373/.517, 176 HR, 604 RBI and a .986 fielding percentage in 961 career games. He's been an all-star four times and has won two Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers respectively. Perhaps more importantly than the numbers is the fact that Tulo has been the face of the franchise since that '07 season, even with Todd Helton on the roster for all but one of his seasons.
The rest of this season will serve as audition for Josh Rutledge. He'll get the majority of the playing time at shortstop this season and may just be playing for a starting spot on next year's team. In 41 starts this year, Rut has put up a slash of .259/.304/.399, 3 HR and 18 RBI. He's also flashed enough leather to get the job done to the tune of a .975 fielding percentage.
Rut can be a lower tier starting shortstop in the majors, and he might have to be next year. Troy Tulowitzki's injury problems and distaste for the losing tendencies of the Rockies franchise may just be enough to convince the front office to move the disgruntled superstar. The two New York franchises have expressed interest in Tulo, and with the surgery lowering the asking price, both are now in play.
The only thing to do with Tolowitzki after yet another season where he didn't get to the 100 games played plateau is to move him. He wants to replace Derek Jeter, it's time to grant his wish and start the grand rebuilding process of the Colorado Rockies.
It's been fun, Tulo.
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