Yankees acquire SS Troy Tulowitzki to bolster infield

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MLB Insider Jeff Passan reported Tuesday night the shortstop has a deal in place with the New York Yankees. He is likely to play shortstop for the Yankees at least for as long as Didi Gregorius needs to recover from Tommy John surgery. So that could be a hint that a Yankee signing is imminent, right? Per Passan, the Blue Jays will pay the remainder of his $20 million salary owed this season. Teams make these kinds of veteran additions all the time. To further excite fans, all reports from scouts that witnessed Tulo's workout last month say he looks healthy, athletic, and mobile. If he's rubbish or unable to stay fit, they can release him.

Passan noted this move doesn't take the Yankees out of the Machado sweepstakes, but perhaps Tulowitzki could also serve as a sort of insurance policy in the event the still-undecided Machado opts to play elsewhere. Overrun by injuries, Tulowitzki played in 238 games over 3 ½ seasons in Toronto. The Toronto Blue Jays released Tulowitzki on December 11 and are responsible for the remainder of his $38 million contract over two years. But while the signing of Troy Tulowitzki, a once-great player limited by injuries to just 66 games the past two seasons, is of minimal importance on its face, the rest of the industry enters the new year wondering what it all means for Manny Machado. On Instagram, Machado's official account just started following the YES Network, which is the Yankees' flagship station. It's hard to see it having much impact at all, to be honest.

His best years came as a Colorado Rockie, including six top-30 MVP finishes and five All-Star appearances.

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. In 2010 and 2011, he won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger at shortstop. But you'd have to figure that part of the recruiting process would involve allowing Machado to play his desired position. Tulowitzki could be a viable placeholder at shortstop until Gregorius is able to return without the Yankees reorganizing their infield. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the White Sox easily on your device.

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