Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Yankees even personally reached out to Machado's camp to inform the former Baltimore Oriole that Tulowitzki was going to be signed "days ago" and that "they didn't want to send the wrong message".
Tulowitzki, who turned 34 in October, will earn the league minimum from the Yankees, while the Blue Jays will be on the hook for the remainder of his contract, which includes a lofty $20 million in 2019. He's cheap since we are only paying him the league minimum so he is low risk and high reward that will be easy to get out of if the Yankees find another option they like better. He missed all of last season due to injury after being limited to just 66 games in 2017. "You have nearly nothing to lose and if he stays healthy, you have one of the best shortstops of all time".
Tulowitzki was a star for the Rockies from his rookie season in 2007 until he was traded by the Blue Jays in July 2015.More news: Manchester City hands Liverpool first loss of Premier League season
Tulowitzki did not appear in a single Major League game in 2018.
Tulowitzki is expected to play shortstop while NY starter Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in mid-October, according to the report. He won two Gold Gloves and five times hit at least 24 home runs.
Presently, New York has Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar starting at second and third, respectively. The Yankees have been mentioned around the former Baltimore infielder more than any other team.More news: Tesla cuts prices as 4Q deliveries miss analysts' estimates
The Yankees have reportedly agreed to terms with a free agent shortstop.
John Gibbons did not get to manage Troy Tulowitzki past year and yet the now-former Blue Jay skipper declared the Yankees took a great gamble for next season. With it not effecting their attempts to sign Machado, though, there's no reason to dislike this move for the Yankee faithful.
That said, if he's supposed to fill the Didi Gregorius void, the Yankees certainly must have another backup ready to go - as relying on Tulowitzki alone isn't exactly a prudent move given his recent injury history.More news: Russian president Vladimir Putin plays hockey in Red Square