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Rockies fans find themselves looking back at Tulo, forward to Jon Gray

As one era of Rockies baseball concludes, another is about to begin.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

And this too shall pass. A new era of Rockies baseball is about to begin Tuesday.

But first, we have lots of links today.

The anatomy of the Rockies' blockbuster trade of Troy Tulowitzki - Patrick Sanders / Denver Post

Patrick Sanders did a nice job here looking back at the last few months leading up to the Tulo trade in his Sunday feature.

2015 MLB Deadline Winners and Losers - Michael Baumann / Grantland

In a look back on "winners and losers of the trade deadline, Baumann does not like what the Rockies did here at all.

The Rockies traded Tulowitzki, the best shortstop in baseball, for Jose Reyes, a much worse shortstop who actually makes more money per year, so we can't even defend this as a salary dump. Which is disappointing, because while Jeff Hoffman is an exciting, if polarizing, pitching prospect, he's just now recovering from Tommy John surgery, and it's not like the Rockies have much of a track record of developing starting pitchers. When Tulowitzki is healthy, there may not be five better players in baseball, so Hoffman and a couple of other guys is a meager return absent considerable salary relief.

Sure, the Rockies freed up $50 million in future commitments because Tulowitzki's deal is longer than Reyes's, but that just raises another question: What's a baseball team going to spend $50 million on, if not one of the best players in the world?

Rockies still trying to forge an identity after Troy Tulowitzki trade - Patrick Saunders / Denver Post

This has indeed in become a problem for the Rockies, which is why the next link is so important for them. For the last week, the story of their franchise has centered almost exclusively around a man who is no longer on the roster while his former team can only guess when they'll be competitive again.

Jon Gray scheduled to make major-league debut for Rockies against Mariners - Patrick Sanders / Denver Post

Patrick's had a busy 36 hours. But this is indeed the newest piece of big news. The baseball gods have finally thrown the Rockies fans a bone with something to look forward to tomorrow night. We'll have lots more on this story on Purple Row over the next couple of days. So stay tuned.

Reyes looking to build own legacy with Rockies - Thomas Harding - MLB.com

Lost in the craziness of the last week is that we will also be seeing a Rockie debut tonight. Jose Reyes is probably not going to be part of the next competitive Rockies team, but he'll likely be in the lineup tonight. (Treat him nicely Rockies fans. It's not his fault he's not Tulo.)

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My Favorite Tulo Memory - Michelle Stalnaker / Rox Pile

It a good one, but it's not from the playoff runs of 2007 or 2009. It just shows how special Tulo's time with the Rockies was though. He touched so many fans at so many different moments of his Rockies career. Everybody might have a different answer here.

Series Recap 7/30-8/2: Why Did We Not Trade Away More? - Harrison Williams / Rox Pile

A quick review of another disappointing road series for the Rockies who are now an abysmal 6-19 in their last 25 games away from Coors. He also asks why the club didn't do more if they were willing to move Tulo.