The Toronto Blue Jays traded for Troy Tulowitzki’s massive contract during the 2015 season, hoping the veteran shortstop could boost the team in a pennant race and resurrect his career. Now, Tulowitzki’s career is at a crossroads.
The Blue Jays announced this afternoon that they have released Tulowitzki, who still has two years and $34 million remaining on the 10-year, $157.7 million contract he signed following the 2010 season.
Tulowitzki missed the entire 2018 season with bone spurs in both seasons.
ROSTER MOVE: We've released SS Troy Tulowitzki, making him a free agent.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) December 11, 2018
When he signed his mega-deal, Tulowitzki was 26, coming off his first All-Star appearance and second-straight top-five finish in the NL MVP voting. He looked like a franchise cornerstone for the Colorado Rockies, but injuries wrecked those plans.
Tulowitzki turned in a productive 2011 season but was limited to 47 games in 2012 due to a groin injury. He rebounded to make the NL All-Star team in 2013 and 2014, but missed significant time both of those years due to rib and hip injuries.
The 2016 season was the last time Tulowitzki was a regular player. He appeared in 131 games and hit 24 home runs, driving in 79 runs in the process.
At this juncture in his career, Tulowitzki will likely get a look or two from some teams, but it remains to be seen if he’ll physically be able to play baseball anymore.