Troy Tulowitzki agrees to deal with Yankees

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is headed to the Bronx. More

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is headed to the Bronx. More

MLB Insider Jeff Passan reported Tuesday night the shortstop has a deal in place with the New York Yankees. Sources also tell Passan that this does not take the Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes. Rather, they simply couldn't pass up Tulowitzki on such an cheap salary.

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.

The Red Sox have their starting shortstop in Xander Bogaerts, but the same can't be said for the Yankees, as Didi Gregorious likely is sidelined until at least June as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. He was limited to 66 games in 2017 because of a hamstring and right ankle injury.

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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. Toronto would pay all but the big league minimum in the Yankees deal, which would be offset against his 2018 salary.

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.

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