Troy Tulowitzki
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The New York Yankees flew under the radar to snag Troy Tulowitzki in a surprise move, even though they don’t know what they’ll get.

Allison Case

The New York Yankees must like their luck due to the idea they took a chance on a one-year deal with Troy Tulowitzki.

Now it sounds like that risky choice is paying off, as Tulo received some incredible praise from a former coach and his talents as of right now.

“His body’s moving at a clip that I haven’t seen before,” Tulo’s former coach from Long Beach State Troy Buckley said via Scott Thompson of SNY. Tulo hasn’t seen big-league action since July of 2017.

Buckley has known Tulo for quite some time and has gotten a chance to watch him develop in his younger years. Even from his workouts, Buckley could see that Tulo is working hard on his offensive output.

“He was excited because I think he knew what other people didn’t know and that was his ability to move, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Buckley said to SNY. “He’s worked really, really hard on his swing because he’s had some time away as far as making it more productive, making it more efficient, making it looser.”

The Yankees signed Tulowitzki for the league minimum to see if the veteran can serve as a valuable utility player, hopefully taking the place of Didi Gregorius while he recovers from offseason surgery.

Plus, word on the street is that Tulowitzki is an incredible veteran presence in the locker room, hopefully allowing him to help out Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres as they get accustomed to the league.

At least we’re getting positive reports from some of the people that know him best, which would be his former college coach. Tulowitzki seems like he’s ready and willing to step up for the Bombers.

Allison is just a girl with an enormous passion for the game of baseball and the written word. Based in Upstate New York, her life-long relationship with the New York Yankees is something that she developed through close relationships with her mother and grandfather. An aspiring sports writer, she graduated with a journalism degree and is finding places to share her excitement about the sporting world and how it affects us all.