Well we know Tulo wasn't too thrilled with the circumstances surrounding his exit from the Rockies. The experts generally agree though that this is the best the floundering Colorado franchise could do given Tulo's injury history and huge contract commitments.
What hasn't been discussed is perhaps the one piece that seems to be neglected here. Jose Reyes isn't minced meat. He's been roughly a league average shortstop this season, keeping his head above water just enough offensively to compensate for his eroding defensive skills. Shortstop is currently one of the weaker positions in the major leagues right now. Even with talent on the way, like Trevor Story of the Rockies, nothing is a given yet.
While the Rockies are most certainly in a position to blow it all up, they had to take on a contract in order to get the young arms they crave. Besides Jeff Hoffman however, the reports on the other two pitchers are mixed.Miguel Castro probably will never be more than a middle reliever. The other guy is far enough away that he could be a fourth starter or mere inventory.
So what of Reyes? Some pundits are of the opinion that he'll be swapped yet again. But without eating a ton of money and few obvious suitors it appears they are stuck with him. But that may not be the worst thing. Keep in mind that the thin rocky Mountain air has worked wonders for other position players. Vinny Castilla the slugger was definitely a product of Colorado, for example.
Even light-hitting shortstop, and current Rockies manager, Walt Weiss hit .328/.423/.400 in 223 games at Coors Field. Interestingly enough, Weiss only hit .258/.327/.309 at the old Mile High Stadium in 61 games.
Does that mean Reyes could return to All-Star form just from the bump given him by playing his home games at Coors? In only 25 games in his career at Coors, he’s hit a meager .254/.259/.447. That slugging percentage would be acceptable, though.
In the end, the Rockies get 3 interesting arms, trade away a reliever who was going to retire at season’s end anyway, and save $50 million or so in future salary commitments. If Reyes returns to just being a 3-win player, it’s hardly a bargain, but it’s not far out of the realm of possibility. Tulo has not played to his former great self. If his best days are behind him, then the Rockies made the right move. Reyes is far from worthless.