Injuries have limited Tulowitzki to just 66 games the last two years, including none last season. The Toronto Blue Jays, who released the 34-year-old infielder last month with two years left on his contract, will pay the rest of his $20 million salary this season.
The deal, which will pay Tulowitzki the league minimum, is pending a physical. Passan notes that Tulowitzki will likely log some time at shortstop for the Yankees while their regular shortstop, Didi Gregorius, recovers from Tommy John surgery. Gregorius is expected to miss at least half the 2019 season.
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A first-round pick - seventh overall - by Colorado in the 2005 draft, Tulowitzki was a five-time All-Star for the Rockies before being dealt to the Blue Jays in July 2015. In 2010 and 2011, he won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger at shortstop.
Either way, this is a no-lose deal for the Yankees, who have added infield depth for a league minimum salary. Tulo's presence in the lineup will allow phenom Gleyber Torres to remain at second base. Maybe he's a key role player on a World Series winning New York Yankees. Machado favors the Yankees, and the Yankees have an immediate area of need at shortstop and are looking to catch the Red Sox and end their championship drought. It should have nearly no impact on their Machado pursuit, aside from perhaps a little extra leverage in negotiations. The Blue Jays could have been right - maybe he's useless.
According to Passan, this signing doesn't affect the Yankees interest in signing Machado.
No matter how it all shakes out, there's little risk in the Yankees signing Tulowitzki, making this a positive move for the Yankees.