Yankees agree to deal with Tulowitzki

Mae Harvey
January 5, 2019

The New York Yankees have reportedly agreed to a contract with the oft-injured free-agent shortstop, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Passan says that the signing of Tulowitzki would not preclude the Yankees from signing Manny Machado.

Of course, the Yankees will only be paying Tulowitzki the league minimum. He was limited to just 66 games in 2017 because of the ankle issue and slashed.249/.300/.378 that year.

Before that, as a Colorado Rockie, Tulowitzki was a regular All-Star who three times finished in the National League's MVP top eight.

Troy Tulowitzki has found a home in the Bronx.

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

Still, it's hard to see the 100-win Yankees, the potential preseason World Series favorite, going into the 2019 campaign with all their shortstop hopes pinned to Tulowitzki, who hasn't played in a game since July 28, 2017.

According to Passan, Tulowitzki is expected to play shortstop for NY while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery. In 2010 and 2011, he won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger at shortstop. Tulo's presence in the lineup will allow phenom Gleyber Torres to remain at second base. 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. Gregorius is expected to miss at least half the 2019 season. With it not effecting their attempts to sign Machado, though, there's no reason to dislike this move for the Yankee faithful. It's interesting that Tulo chose to sign with NY considering there were probably opportunities elsewhere for him to play every day and earn close to 600 at-bats over a full season.

Cue the alarms! Sure, this is no guarantee, but Machado following the Yankees-affiliated YES at this juncture has to be a good sign, right?

Tulowitzki's injury history makes him something of a risk.

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