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After being released in December by the Toronto Blue Jays, Troy Tulowitzki has found himself a new home. On Tuesday night, the New York Yankees signed Tulowitzki to a reported league minimum contract of $555,000, pending the completion of a physical.
While 34-years old, the former All-Star shortstop was seemingly too irresistible for the franchise to sign. The Blue Jays will still pay $38M on the last two years of his contract. Based on the signing, the Yankees will intend to utilize Tulowitzki while SS Didi Gregorious recovers from Tommy John Surgery.
Tulowitzki was serviceable in Toronto during his first 2 years, however, injuries to his hamstrings and heels caused a steep decline in 2017. The shortstop missed all of 2018 with bone spurs in both heels; the final straw for Toronto.
It is believed that there were more than 10 teams who watched Tulowitzki work out on December 18th. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, Tulowitzki wants to be able to have regular at-bats within the one position. Considering Gregorious is not due back until the All-Star break, this was the perfect match.
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