Troy Tulowitzki To Sign With Yankees

MLB Rumors: Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Agrees To Deal With Yankees

MLB Rumors: Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Agrees To Deal With Yankees

The New York Yankees have reportedly agreed to a contract with the oft-injured free-agent shortstop, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Media reports late Tuesday night said the former Blue Jays shortstop had agreed to a $550,000 United States league-minimum deal with the Yankees for the 2019 season, pending a physical. The deal, expected to be for one year at the league's minimum salary of $555,000, will be completed after a physical.

The Toronto Blue Jays released the 34-year-old shortstop during the MLB Winter Meetings last month. That means the Yankees are getting him for cheap, which is a risk they're figuring is worth taking.

The Yankees' regular shortstop Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery in October and expected to miss part of the 2019 season. Tulowitzki is a good option to have to bridge that gap. Sources also tell Passan that this does not take the Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes.

Since getting traded to Toronto during the 2015 season, Tulowitzki has not almost been the same player that he was for the nine-plus seasons he was with the Colorado Rockies.

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.

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