The fall of Troy Tulowitzki has been a sad one.
At one time the finest at his position, Tulo is now an average at best bat who’s injury prone and can barely stay on the field.
On Wednesday, Tulo agreed to a league-minimum deal with the Yankees, a few weeks after being released by the Blue Jays. Toronto is still paying the 34-year old shortstop $38 million over the next two years.
Over the last three seasons, Tulo has only played in 197 games, with a slash line of .252/.312/.422. That’s good for an OPS+ of 94, six points below the league average.
With shortstop Didi Gregorious recovering from Tommy John Surgery, the Yankees are in need for a stopgap at the position until Didi returns.
Tulo is a nice low-risk option, but don’t expect him to be the opening day shortstop just yet.
New York is still heavily linked to superstar Manny Machado, and if they can get a deal done — Tulo could be playing more a Neil Walker role, as a utility man off the bench.
Plus, Red Sox fans aren’t exactly scared of him.
Who thought that Tulowitzki, once considered one of the best players in baseball, could have fallen this far.