Cubs one of six teams that “has at least been in contact” with free-agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki
According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Cubs have been in contact with free-agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The Cubs are one of at least six teams that have contacted Tulo since he was released by the Blue Jays earlier in the week.
Heyman explained the Cubs “aren’t necessarily the favorite” to sign Tulowitzki, but they will have a scout watch him workout. Susan Slusser was told by Tulo’s agent “there are six teams” interested in his client and they “will narrow the field soon.”
The Blue Jays released Tulo during the Winter Meetings and ate the remainder of the two years and $38 million left on his contract. Whichever team signs the veteran shortstop will only have to pay the veteran minimum for next season.
It is hard to believe, but Tulowitzki is only 34 years old (Oct. 10). Tulo missed all of last season after surgery on both heels.
Once considered the best shortstop in the game, Tulowitzki has seemingly dealt with one injury after the other. He played in only 238 games over three seasons in Toronto. And he batted just .250/.313/.414 with 39 doubles and 36 home runs for a .727 OPS.
In his first 10 years in the league, Tulowitzki batted .299/.371/.513 with a .885 OPS while playing half of his games at Coors Field.