Colorado Rockies All-Star Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had one goal: spend his entire career in Denver. On Tuesday, his wish came true. Tulo tore-up the remainder of his current contract and signed a new 10-year deal valued at $157.75 million. Since contract extensions aren’t allowed under collective bargaining, Tulo and the Rox had to agree to a new contract, rather than add seven years to his current deal. As a result, the 26-year old slugger Tulowitzki, now holds the eighth biggest contract in MLB history. And, having witnessed many games at Coors Field during the past four season, he is worth every dime. I even had the pleasure watching him hit for the Cycle against the Chicago Cubs in 2009. Even though he only played in 122 games during 2010, Tulo still had phenomenal batting stats: .949 OBS, .315 BA, 27 HRs and 95 RBI.
Tulowitzki wanted to emulate his idol, Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr., who played in just one city, and not his mentor, St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday, whose departure from Denver in 2008 after 11 years in the Rockies organization deeply affected him. “I didn’t want that to happen to me,” Tulowitzki said. “I wanted to stay here for my career and not deal with all the other stuff. I’m sure he’s in a great place now and I know he’s happy but at the same time, this is where I want to be.”
Bottom line is that the Rox would have been foolish to let Tulo go, not only because he is a fan favorite, but also because he will be carrying the torch after Todd Helton decides to hang-up his cleats.