TORONTO, ON - JUNE 27: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws out the baserunner in the third inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on June 27, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Troy Tulowitzki

The shortstop position is ripe for the taking for the New York Yankees right now and Troy Tulowitzki is ready to make it his own.

Allison Case

Manny Machado who?

With the New York Yankees officially out of the insane Machado sweepstakes, their focus switches over to the two infield replacements while Didi Gregorius continues his recovery process.

One of those infielders, Troy Tulowitzki, is ready and raring to go.

After disappointing injuries kept him out of the majority of 2017 and all of 2018 with the Toronto Blue Jays, Tulowitzki’s signing came as a surprise to fans who expected a Machado-shaped gift to appear on their doorstep. But by signing him to a minimum deal, the Yankees have nothing to lose by playing Tulo.

And he’s ecstatic that this particular team took a chance on him, no matter how unlucky his previous two seasons were.

“It’s been a long road, to have that surgery on both feet and fracture my ankle, it’s taken its toll,” Tulowitzki shared with reporters, as reported by Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. “I am still here standing and I feel good. I can’t wait to prove myself.”

Tulowitzki possesses impressive career numbers, including being a five-time All-Star and sporting a lifetime .290 batting average. With the shortstop position vacant until Gregorius’ return, Tulo has an opportunity to go from riding the pine to starting just one season later.

Of course, there are concerns when coming back from this type of injury. Tulo will need to prove his durability and that he’s capable of being dominant at the major league level once again. So far, he’s shown some impressive skills, especially at the plate.

Cue the “spring training means nothing” haters who have nothing better to do. Regardless, this is a sight for sore eyes, especially in the case of Tulowitzki. If he can come back from this devastating injury with even a semblance of the power he used to have, the fans in the Bronx are in for a treat.

Not only is Tulowitzki ready to prove himself, but he’s been carefully studying this Yankees team. Of course, he comes to the Bronx with one major goal of his own.

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.