Did Rockies lock up game's best shortstop?

Troy Tulowitzki

TulowitzkiThe Colorado Rockies have announced that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has signed a contract extension through 2020. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, with this deal, he is guaranteed to make $157.75 million over the next ten years.

Tulowitzki won his first Rawlings Gold Glove this season after being the overall Web Gem champion, and finished fifth in the National League MVP voting for the second straight year. He established career highs in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, posting a .949 OPS that was eighth-best in the major leagues.

And he became just the fourth National League shortstop since 1901 to post a .300 batting average with 25 home runs and an OPS of .900, joining Hanley Ramirez (twice), Rich Aurilia and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks (twice).

Highest OPS among MLB SS
Last 2 Seasons
(min. 100 games at SS)

Over the past two seasons, Tulowitzki has been the most productive shortstop in baseball. His OPS of .939 is more than 30 points higher than any other shortstop's in the league over the past two years. Ramirez is the only other SS in baseball in that span with an OPS even over .800.

According to the advanced metric Wins Above Replacement, Tulowitzki has been the best shortstop in the league the past two seasons and the sixth-best position player in all of baseball. He’s been good for almost two wins more than Ramirez, who is second, and third among shortstops is Derek Jeter, who is also looking for a new deal this offseason.

And the Elias Sports Bureau tells us that among players who have played 75 percent of their games at shortstop, with a minimum of 50 career games, Tulowitzki’s .857 OPS ranks fourth in major league history.