Troy Tulowitzki spoke with the media on Monday about signing with the Yankees, somehow managing to get through a whole conference call without getting injured.
He explained his decision to sign with the Yankees—a team with a fan-favorite shortstop in the fold and Manny Machado possibly on the way.
The 34-year-old told ESPN’s Coley Harvey that signing with the Bombers allows him “to be with the best players.”
Troy Tulowitzki, speaking to reporters, says he feels no pain in his heels. Also has paid attention to the Yankees’ interest this winter in Manny Machado, and “signed up with the Yankees because I want to be with the best players.” Time will tell if he’ll be joined by Machado.
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) January 7, 2019
Harvey also reported that Tulowitzki is pain-free after missing all of 2018 as he recovered from surgery to remove bone spurs from both of his heels.
To call Tulowitzki injury-prone would be an understatement. He’s only played 140 or more games in three of his 11 full MLB seasons.
Despite that sordid history, Brian Cashman has already named him the starter at short until Didi Gregorius returns. Tulowitzki told Wallace Matthews of the Daily News he’s not worried about what will happen to him when Gregorius takes his spot back.
“Obviously, I want Didi to be back on the field. He’s a heck of a player. But at the same time I have a job to do to play shortstop and help us win games. When that time comes, we’ll deal with that. There’s no sense in talking about that right now.”
He also said it would be “awesome” if the Yankees win the Manny Machado sweepstakes:
Tulowitzki said he's aware the Yankees have expressed interest in Machado. He said he signed with the Yankees to play with the best players. If Machado ends up being one of those players, Tulo said that would be "awesome."
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) January 7, 2019
A career .290/.361/.495 hitter, Tulowitzki is worth the Yankees risking the league minimum to sign him. Also, if he plays well enough in the beginning of 2019, Cashman could flip him at the trade deadline.