Tuesday Morning Links:
Heat get back on track: The Miami Heat needed a big win, considering how their season has started, and they got it last night with a 105-94 victory over the Washington Wizards. Now an 11 point win is hardly a banner victory, especially considering the Wizards were without their best player, John Wall. That being said, a win is a win, and much needed in South beach. The Big 3 of James, Wade and Bosh led the way combining for 76 points and 22 rebounds. While the win was needed, the Heat should have won that game, so last night’s win won’t answer any questions about Erik Spolestra’s job future. If Miami keeps playing like they did last night, they could be getting back on track and become the contender everyone expected them to be.
Rockies Lock up Tulowitzki and De La Rosa: Now these are obviously two separate moves, but represent one big day for the Rockies organization. While Tulo is the better player and the bigger move for Colorado, Jorge De La Rosa might be a bigger short term move. Tulo was under contract through at least 2015, where as De La Rosa was a free agent that had a number of interested suitors. In fact you could make a strong case that he was the 2nd best free agent pitcher behind Cliff Lee. While he has had some trouble staying healthy, he has the stuff to be a solid 2 or a 3 in a rotation.
Locking up Tulowitzki was a brilliant move by the Rockies. Sure there was no true rush to extend him considering the amount of team control they had remaining, but by extending him now they will save money in the long run. In addition they lock up one of baseball’s greatest young players and a true building block. The Rockies also make a strong statement to their fan base as well as outside free agents. Tulowitzki is the best short stop in the game right now, and the Rockies were smart to lock him up for the next decade (only 6 new years). One person who won’t be happy about this deal is Derek Jeter, since even just taking into consideration the new years added to this deal, Tulo will be making under $20 millon, which is quite a bit below Jeter’s stance of 25 million. Even if you ignore their age (Tulo is about 10 years younger), Jeter doesn’t even compare to Tulowiski, who is a vastly superior defender and hitter.