Tulowitzki to Yankees unlikely

It appears unlikely at this time that Troy Tulowitzki will be the one to take over for Derek Jeter in the Bronx, according to a report from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

This is not much of a surprise given the stance taken so far this offseason by the Yankees, who have been relatively quiet while insisting they are not pursuing any of the top-end free agents. Though Tulowitzki is obviously not a free agent, acquiring him from the Rockies would produce a similar result, as the Yankees would be on the hook for the $114 million Tulowitzki is owed over the next six seasons.

That’s a steep price for the oft-injured shortstop, despite his elite level of play when healthy. Tulowitzki is coming off a season in which he played just 91 games for the Rockies. This comes after appearing in 126 games in 2013 and just 47 in 2012.

It also doesn’t help matters that multiple reports this offseason have indicated that the Rockies do not intend to trade away their 30-year-old shortstop.

As for finding Jeter’s replacement, it continues to appear as if the Yankees will make a much smaller move such as signing Stephen Drew. Along with Tulowitzki, the Yanks have also been linked to a possible trade for Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, though neither seems overly likely at this point.

— Paul Casella

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