Troy Tulowitzki Agrees to a League Minimum with the Yankees

Troy Tulowitzki with the Toronto Blue Jays. Photo by Albert Pena/Csm/REX/Shutterstock (8873119bi)

Free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki agreed to a league minimum deal with the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old missed the intire 2018 season to recover from heel problems but is bouncing back with a new team. The Yankees have been searching for a shortstop ever since Didi Gregorious underwent a Tommy John surgery and they may have the answer to their problems through Troy.

While he will be paid the league minimum of $555,000, the Blue Jays still owe him a lot of money in his $20-million contract. Tulowitzki has always expressed his wish to join the Yankees, noting that Derek Jeter was his idol.

When it comes to delivering, the shortstop produced an OPS+ of 102 with a WAR of 3.4 in 2017. If he delivers the same numbers this year, he will have been a great bargain for the Yankees. New York isn’t done signing players this offseason anyway. They are reportedly interested in Manny Machado but with a high number of infielders, they may slow down their chase on him.

Whichever the case, Tulowitzki is a low-risk high reward deal for the Yankees. He is a five-time All-Star, a two-time Silver Slugger and a two-time Gold Glove Award Winner. He’s proven a worthy player in the past and will probably deliver for the Yankees.