Blue Jays trade for Tulowitzki

Published 3:11 am Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DENVER (AP) — It was reported late Monday night the Rockies have traded five-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays in a deal for Jose Reyes and minor leaguers.

Tulowitzki, 30, was hitting .300 with 12 home runs and 53 RBIs this season for Colorado, which fell 13 games below .500. Considered the face of the Rockies, Tulowitzki and his six-year, $118 million contract that runs through 2020 had been the subject of trade rumors.

Reyes, a four-time all-star with the New York Mets, was acquired by Toronto from Miami in November 2012 and has struggled with injuries. In 69 games for the Blue Jays, Reyes is hitting .285 with a .322 on-base percentage and is signed through 2017 on a six-year, $106 million deal.

Angels get Victorino

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and cash from the Boston Red Sox in a trade for infielder Josh Rutledge.

The Angels announced the deal Monday.

The 34-year-old Victorino is a two-time World Series champion, a two-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove winner. He has spent the past three years in Boston, batting .245 in just 33 games this season with two stints on the disabled list.

Victorino mostly played right field for Boston, but is likely to play in left field against left-handed pitchers for the Angels. Los Angeles has struggled mightily at the position since owner Arte Moreno got rid of Josh Hamilton in April.

Matt Joyce was expected to be the primary starter in left, but he is batting .178 in an awful season. Joyce also might have incurred a concussion in Sunday’s win over Texas. Rutledge has spent this season in the minors after playing in 105 games for the Angels last season.

Mets land Clifford

NEW YORK (AP) — In their second trade in four days, the Mets have acquired closer Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics for minor league pitcher Casey Meisner in a swap of right-handers that increases New York’s payroll by a little more than $2 million.

The 30-year-old Clippard, who is eligible for free agency after this season, is 1-3 with a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves in 21 chances. The A’s obtained him from Washington in January.

On Friday night, the Mets obtained infielder Juan Uribe and utilityman Kelly Johnson from Atlanta.

When Clippard reports Tuesday, there will be $3,129,508 remaining from his $8.3 million salary. Oakland will pay the Mets $1 million as part of the trade.

Meisner, 20, was a third-round draft pick in 2013.