Last night, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Colorado Rockies shocked the baseball world when they swapped Jose Reyes and Troy Tulowitzki, with the Blue Jays once again making the American League East division a little more of a race. Sure, the Yankees missed out on Tulowitzki, especially with the current set-up of the Yankees infield regarding Stephen Drew and Didi Gregorius, but believe it or not, the Yankees not going for someone like Tulowitzki was at the end of the day, a good deal. But why?
1. The Blue Jays haven’t addressed their main need.
The Blue Jays added to their starting lineup, which was already pretty powerful with the bats of Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista. But the Blue Jays main need isn’t offense, it’s starting pitching. And with the Blue Jays not addressing their main concern, the Tulowitzki deal shouldn’t affect the Yankees as much. The Jays were already able to produce offense, but they don’t have the starting pitching to help them gain ground in the AL East.
2. It’s (mostly) about the money.
Tulowitzki may have always enjoyed rooting for the Yankees as a kid, and his favorite Yankee may have been Derek Jeter, but what didn’t interest the Yankees was Tulowitzki’s contract. Tulowitzki is signed through the year 2020 with a club option for 2021 and his contract is worth $118 Million. With the contracts of Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees can’t afford to take on another big contract.
3. Tulowitzki has been hurt–a lot.
The Yankees need a durable shortstop in the infield and durable isn’t exactly Tulowitzki’s middle name. He hasn’t played more than 140 games since 2011 and he’s missed a lot of time battling hip issues. Does Stephen Drew have the numbers Tulowitzki has when healthy? No. But does Drew find a way to stay on the field without excuses? Yes. Gotta give Drew credit when it’s due.