The New York Yankees have obtained a low-priced infield replacement, agreeing to a one-year contract with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for the major league minimum $555,000, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. However, over the last two seasons, he's only played in 66 games which is one of the reasons the Jays release him even though they still owe him $38 million over the next two years.
Tulowitzki, who was acquired by Toronto from the Colorado Rockies alongside reliever LaTroy Hawkins for veteran Jose Reyes and a trio of prospects days before the trade deadline in July 2015, slashed.250/.313/.414 in 238 games over 2 1/2 seasons with Toronto, hitting 36 home runs and adding 122 RBI.
The Yankees are expected to pay the former Blue Jay the league minimum, with Toronto picking up the rest of his $20-million salary.
Tulowitzki last appeared in an Major League Baseball game on July 28, 2017.
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The Yankees move for Tulowitzki came out of the blue as the only shortstop they have been continually linked to has been Manny Machado. "Because his defense is elite". He will make the backhand play as well as anyone I've ever seen.
By the time 2019 was just one day old, the New York Yankees had already landed a highly decorated, free agent shortstop via free agency.
As Passan said, Tulowitzki on a minimum contract was too good to pass up for the New York Yankees. "You have nearly nothing to lose, and if he stays healthy, you have one of the best shortstops of all time".
That Tulowitzki picked the Yankees without the assurance of 500-plus plate appearances exemplifies just how motivated he is to play for them.
Despite their different approach, many have installed them as favorites with MLB Insider Anthony Castrovince suggesting that he will sign for the storied NY franchise in the next 10 days.