The Yankees struck a deal with a shortstop this winter, but not the one everyone was anticipating.
As the Bronx Bombers continue to wait on the decision of free agent Manny Machado, they agreed to deal with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Tuesday, physical pending,
Tulowitzki, 34, will join the Yankees on a league minimum contract -- $555,00 -- after he was released by the Blue Jays, who will pay the remaining $20 million owed to him this year, earlier this offseason.
The Yankees will likely insert Tulowitzki in at shortstop while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Tulowitzki, a five-time All-Star with the Rockies, did not play the 2018 season because of heel problems and in 2017 he hit .249/.300/.378 with seven home runs and 26 RBI in 66 games.
He last played in 100 games in a season in 2016 in which he hit .254/.318/.443 with 24 home runs and 79 RBI in 131 games.
Passan reports that the signing should not disqualify the Yankees' chances of still landing Machado, who is expected to make his decision soon. Tulowitzki grew up idolizing Derek Jeter and attended a game as a fan during Jeter's final season while a member of the Rockies.