Blue Jays: Troy Tulowitzki signs with New York Yankees
It appears as though Troy Tulowitzki, who was released by the Blue Jays at the winter meetings in early December, will be joining the New York Yankees.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the New York Yankees and Troy Tulowitzki are “in agreement on a deal…pending a physical”. Passan notes that Tulowitzki will likely log some time at shortstop for the Yankees while their regular shortstop, Didi Gregorius, recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Tulowitzki, who turned 34 in October, will earn the league minimum from the Yankees, while the Blue Jays will be on the hook for the remainder of his contract, which includes a lofty $20 million in 2019.
Previously, the former Colorado Rockie had been connected to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs in rumours that surface immediately upon his release. He’d also been speculatively linked to the always dangerous and quiet Oakland Athletics, who play very close to his hometown of Santa Clara, California.
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Having spent the entire 2018 season on the disabled list, Tulowitzki last appeared in 2017, when he slashed a pedestrian .249/.300/.378 in 260 plate appearances in yet another injury-plagued season.
Arguably his last productive campaign, a 2016 season in which he slashed .254/.318/.443, still saw him appear in only 131 games, a mark he hadn’t reached since the 2011 season, which he spent with Colorado.
While the Yankees probably are not expecting All-Star calibre performance from the ageing shortstop, they can, if Tulowitzki remains healthy, bank on some decent offensive production.
For his career, Tulowitzki has hit 224 home runs (26th among active major leaguers), 263 doubles (50th) and has driven in 779 runs (30th) in parts of 12 big league seasons.
The Blue Jays and Yankees will meet for the first time on June 4, when the Yankees come to Toronto for a three-game series at Rogers Centre.