The A's are making starting pitching a priority during their offseason quests for improvements. But after some recent news that they might not be bringing second baseman Jed Lowrie back, a middle infielder spot could be opening up.
So why not Troy Tulowitzki?
Yes. The shortstop was released by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, making him a free agent.
Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle was told by Tulo's agent, Paul Cohen, that the 34-year-old would love to play in the Bay Area:
Troy Tulowitzki's agent, Paul Cohen, tells me Tulowitzki would love to play in the Bay Area, is willing to change positions and would like to play for a winning team. Could be a real possibility for A's at 2B at a mere $600,000.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 11, 2018
This is good news, considering there was one point in Tulowitzki's career that whispers said he refused to move from his position at shortstop.
The Jays still owe him $38 million, so he's not necessarily desperate for the money. Plus, he's from the Bay. He went to Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, and even grew up an A's fan.
He has an extensive résumé as well: Five All-Star selections, two Gold Gloves and just as many Silver Slugger Awards.
His downfall, however, is his health. He's unfortunately defined by his injuries, which is a black cloud hanging over him as he hits the market.
But at the end of the day, why not?