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Troy Tulowitzki, Yankees Agree to Deal

05 January, 2019, 04:54 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is headed to the Bronx. More

As mentioned, frontline free agent Manny Machado remains a Yankee target, but the signing of Tulowitzki makes the Yankees a bit less desperate for Machado's services.

Toronto released Tulowitzki, a five-time all-star, last month with two years remaining on his contract.

Media reports late Tuesday night said the former Blue Jays shortstop had agreed to a $550,000 USA league-minimum deal with the Yankees for the 2019 season, pending a physical. Tulowitzki played in just 66 games in 2017 for the Blue Jays and not at all last season after undergoing surgery on both heels. With Didi's impending return that's no guarantee with the Yankees but as most of us know Tulowitzki has always dreamed of wearing the pinstripes and grew up idolizing Yankees legend and former shortstop Derek Jeter. Tulowitzki is certainly not taking at-bats from either of them.

The Blue Jays released the 34-year-old former star in mid-December.

Tulowitzki last appeared in an Major League Baseball game on July 28, 2017.

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on October 17 and is not expected to return until summer. In 2010 and 2011, he won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger at shortstop. Gregorius is out until at least June.

There is also the strong possibility that the Yankees look for further depth, particularly a left-handed bat to split up their righty dominant order of Aaron Judge, Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez. Machado favors the Yankees, and the Yankees have an immediate area of need at shortstop and are looking to catch the Red Sox and end their championship drought.

The deal for the free agent infielder was reportedly too good to pass up for the Yankees as it was a win-win situation for them. The Blue Jays will pay the remainder. Maybe he's a key role player on a World Series winning New York Yankees.

Even though the Yankees say the Tulo signing won't impact the Machado sweepstakes I can't help but think that's not true.



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