Blue Jays’ Tulowitzki: ‘It’s been a tough year for me’
When Troy Tulowitzki signed a 10-year extension with the Colorado Rockies in 2011, he thought he'd be in Denver for life.
“Knowing this is where I am going to be, possibly the rest of my career, I was able to buy a home with more space,” Tulowitzki told the Denver Post early in 2011 via the National Post.
As the old adage in baseball goes, the second you get comfortable is the second a trade happens.
It took four years, but Tulowitzki was dealt from the Rockies to the Toronto Blue Jays in July, throwing his whole life, his family's whole life, in disarray.
“You know what, and this is just being completely honest, it’s tough for me now to trust anybody in this game after what happened,” he said after the Jays' loss in Game 6 of the ALCS. “I’m sure these guys (in the Toronto front office) are great here. But at the same time, with what happened, it’s really tough.”
Tulo was told that he wasn't going anywhere, that he wasn't going to be traded from Colorado. He was told that up until the day he got traded — it's easy to see why he wouldn't be trusting anybody in the front office anymore.
“I mean, these guys are great and I’m getting to know them,” he said. “But at the same time, when you don’t spend the whole year with the team, it’s hard to feel settled.”
Tulowitzki was a key piece to this team, who traded their shortstop in Jose Reyes to clear room for the new acquisition.
“It’s been a tough year for me, to be honest,” said Tulowitzki, who has a 21-month-old son with his wife, Danyll. “Just with everything that went down with the trade. It threw me for a loop. It threw my family for a loop.
“I’m excited to go to spring training and get a fresh start with the team and be with these guys for a whole year and not have to worry about trade talks. The last three or four years I had to worry about it and talk about it every single day in Colorado. So, I’m looking forward to having a year where I don’t have to talk about it. It’s going to be great.”
He remains under team control through 2020 with a team option for 2021.