Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will be packing his bags for New York after signing a deal with the Yankees on Tuesday. The Yankees will pay Tulowitzki the league minimum while the Blue Jays are still on the hook for his previous contract.
After releasing Tulo on December 11, the Jays will be on the hook for his $20 million salary minus the major league minimum for 2019. The Blue Jays will also be on the hook for Tulowitzki’s $14 million salary in 2020 and $15 million in 2021 (with a $4 million buy out that will almost certainly be exercised), both minus the major league minimum.
Tulowitzki missed all of 2018 with bone spurs in both heals and had a horrid 66 game patch in 2017 and his best days are most definitely behind him. Didi Gregorius will be out until around the All-Star Break after having Tommy John Surgery this offseason. Tulo will fill in and hope for a bounce-back while Gregorius is out as the Yankees try to beat out the Red Sox in the American League East.
The Yankees are still the frontrunners for Manny Machado and this deal has no effect on that possible signing.