It has been a big week for the Colorado Rockies as they have extended Troy Tulowitzki through 2020 (for $157M, no less) and resigned free agent Jorge de la Rosa.
It seems painfully obvious that staying in Denver is ideal for Tulo and not so much so for de la Rosa, but these are two players worth examining further heading into 2011.
Starting with Tulo, durability concerns are a big issue for the shortstop. In four Major League seasons, Tulo has played over 150 games twice but fewer than 125 in the other two seasons. Torn quadriceps, lacerated palms and broken wrists have sidelined Tulo in his career. Whether that means he is injury prone or just unlucky—in that he has not had any recurring injuries—is debatable, but a concern for fantasy owners either way.
However, shortstop is such a paper thin position that many will see Tulo as being worth the risk, and I am inclined to be one of those people. With 162 game averages of .290 BA, 104 R, 99 RBI, 27 HR and 12 SB, you could certainly make the argument that if he remains healthy, Tulo could be the fantasy MVP in 2011 based on the woeful lack of depth at his position.
Tulo figures to be a borderline top 10 hitting option in next year’s fantasy drafts, so with Roy Halladay sure to fit somewhere into that mix it seems that Tulo will be an early second round, possibly late first round pick you can feel good about drafting.
As for de la Rosa....