On Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays cut shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. He didn’t play at all last season and they still owe him $38 million over the next two seasons, so they made the decision to just cut their losses. For teams with interest in his services, that’s good news.
When Tulowitzki signs, that team will only have to pay him the league minimum. And according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, he’s ready to narrow down his choices. Right now, reportedly six teams are in on him.
Troy Tulowitzki’s agent, Paul Cohen, tells me they are narrowing the field of suitors tomorrow. They have not heard from the A’s, Tulo’s favorite childhood team and one he expressed interest in playing for. Right now, six teams are in the running.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 14, 2018
Over parts of 10 seasons in Colorado, the All-Star shortstop hit .299/.371/.513 with 224 doubles and 188 home runs. But in 238 games with the Blue Jays, Tulowitzki hit just .250/.313/.414 with 39 doubles and 36 home runs. Injuries limited him to only 66 games in 2017 before keeping him out for the entirety of 2018.
At 34 years old and reportedly healthy, Tulowitzki is ready for one more chance. This time he’s willing to play anywhere on the diamond to make it work. If you recall, that wasn’t the case with the Blue Jays. But players do drastic things when they start to realize their playing days are numbered.
For Tulo, this could very well be his last chance. And if the Oakland Athletics don’t have interest, where will he land?