Veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has reached an agreement on a deal with the New York Yankees, league sources tell ESPN. The move, however, does not take them out of the running for prized free agent Manny Machado, Passan added.
The Yankees are expected to pay the former Blue Jay the league minimum, with Toronto picking up the rest of his $20-million salary. Toronto would pay all but the big league minimum in the Yankees deal, which would be offset against his 2018 salary. While Tulowitzki is a great player when healthy, a five-time All Star and a two-time Gold Glover, at this point in his career he isn't a replacement for the kind of talent Machado would bring.
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is headed to the Bronx.
That Tulowitzki picked the Yankees without the assurance of 500-plus plate appearances exemplifies just how motivated he is to play for them.
The 34-year old looks to return to his All-Star form and to still be an everyday regular.
In 66 games with the Blue Jays in 2017, Tulowitzki batted.249 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs.
Tulowitzki is an intriguing option for the Yankees due to their current vacancy at shortstop. The free agent shortstop is probably the second most after player after Bryce Harper, this offseason. Gregorius is out until at least June. It should have nearly no impact on their Machado pursuit, aside from perhaps a little extra leverage in negotiations. 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.
No matter how it all shakes out, there's little risk in the Yankees signing Tulowitzki, making this a positive move for the 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.