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Blue Jays: Former players suiting up for new teams in 2019

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 25: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays walks back to third during a game against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 25: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays walks back to third during a game against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – JULY 28: Troy Tulowitzki /

Troy Tulowitzki- New York Yankees

Troy Tulowitzki will essentially be paid by the Blue Jays in 2019, however, he will play shortstop for the New York Yankees. Toronto bought out the remaining $38 million owing to cut ties with Tulowitzki who will now earn the league minimum from the Yankees.

The Blue Jays acquired Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies in 2015 as the team was ramping it up for the postseason. The aging shortstop was an integral part of the Blue Jays playoff runs and an immediate upgrade over Jose Reyes.

However, injuries have decimated the past shortstops past two seasons with Tulo not even suiting up for a game in 2018. The Blue Jays opted to give Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and newly acquired Freddy Galvis an opportunity at shortstop rather than have Tulowitzki linger around.

During his three years in Toronto, Tulo hit .250/.313/.414 with 36 round trippers and a 4.7 WAR in 238 games. His Blue Jays stat line is a far cry from the totals he produced in the Mile-High City with the Rockies.

Tulo will undoubtedly put it all together and turn in a healthy, productive campaign for the Bronx Bombers in 2019, but such is life.

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