More good news surfacing out of Denver, as the Rockies and Troy Tulowitzki have agreed to the largest deal ever for a player with less than two years of Major League service. The six year deal worth $30 million will have a seventh year club option, essentially locking Tulo up for his first two seasons of free agency.
What's not to love? Dan O'Dowd continues to show that he is dedicated to taking all the pre-emptive measures necessary to keep "Gen R" intact. As Rockies fans witnessed last year, Tulowitzki is the complete package of offensive potential, phenomenal defense, clubhose leadership (yes, even from a rookie), and burning desire to win. He's the type of player that could very well become the face of this franchise for the next decade. Avoiding future arbitration and long term contract negotiations with Tulo until at least 2013 is an excellent move on O'Dowd's part.
If you're looking for a little offseason Tulowitzki reading, check out this Jayson Stark chat wrap on ESPN.com in which he debates Hanley Ramirez versus Tulowitzki as the most promising shortstop of the future. Sure, anyone who plays fantasy baseball is going to immediately say Hanley, but as Stark points out (and others, such as Keith Law, agree) the game of baseball is far more than just statistics. A quality read with some interesting fielding statistics thrown around.