The New York Yankees have been on the hunt for a new shortstop since former Captain, Derek Jeter, retired this year. Fans thought the team found Jeter’s replacement in 30 year-old Troy “Tulo” Tulowitzki, but that may not be the case after all.
Tulo is currently known as the best shortstop in Major League Baseball with a career .299 batting average, 176 home runs and a whopping 604 RBIs. Needless to say, the man has talent. Unfortunately he suffered a rough 2014 season due to a hip surgery, ending the year with a .340 BA, 21 home runs and 52 RBIs.
Tulowitzki’s injury in August this year is one of the main reasons why fans are unlikely to see him wearing pinstripes in 2015. The most important reason? Money.
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News said the Yankees are not interested in another big contract. The Yankees simply cannot afford Tulowitzki and the $114 million left on the remaining six years of his contract with the Colorado Rockies. The Yankees already have key players making big bucks who are ready to return in full health next season. Players like Masahiro Tanaka (7 year/$175 million), CC Sabathia (8 year/$186 million), Mark Teixeira (8 year/$180 million), and not to mention the return of Alex Rodriguez who has three years and $61 million left on his contract with the team.
The Yankees will most likely sign free agents like Chase Headley and Brandon McCarthy for their talent and because they will not have to pay as much. However one thing is for sure, the Yankees have made a series of trade offers to teams for shortstops and with the kind of budget they’re on, nobody is quite sure what the new shortstop will have to offer.