This low-risk, high-reward maneuver by the Yankees was facilitated by the fact that the Toronto Blue Jays owe Tulowitzki $38 million after releasing him in early December. He was a force offensively hitting in the heart of the order and was also one of the best defenders in baseball at his position.
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is headed to the Bronx.
The 34-year-old missed nearly the entire 2018 season due to heel problems and will be hoping to make a successful comeback this year.
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Tulowitzki, 34, has not played since July 2017 due to various injuries, including a pair of heel surgeries.
With Didi Gregorius out for a good chunk of the of the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery this offseason, NY is in need of a starting shortstop. He won two Gold Gloves and five times hit at least 24 home runs. Gleyber Torres could easily move over to shortstop, although that would create a vacancy at second base. Tulowitzki could be a viable placeholder at shortstop until Gregorius is able to return without the Yankees reorganizing their infield. Not only that, Tulowitzki is eight years older than Machado, an entirely different player in an entirely different place in his career - one that doesn't mesh with all the other young talent on the Yankees' roster. Passan reported that this does not take the Yankees out of the running for Machado.
That said, if he's supposed to fill the Didi Gregorius void, the Yankees certainly must have another backup ready to go - as relying on Tulowitzki alone isn't exactly a prudent move given his recent injury history. The Blue Jays will pay the remainder. It should have nearly no impact on their Machado pursuit, aside from perhaps a little extra leverage in negotiations.
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Machado's market is thought to consist of the Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox - the three teams known to have both the interest and the resources to sign him - while Harper is believed to have the same set of suitors, with the possible additions of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, under certain economic conditions.
Even though the Yankees say the Tulo signing won't impact the Machado sweepstakes I can't help but think that's not true.
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