Troy Tulowitzki reportedly won't be coming home to the Bay Area after all.
Tulowitzki, who grew up in Sunnyvale, agreed to a deal with the New York Yankees, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported on Tuesday.
Free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is in agreement on a deal with the New York Yankees pending a physical, league sources tell ESPN. Tulowitzki is expected to join the Yankees on a league-minimum deal, with the Toronto Blue Jays paying the remainder of his $20 million salary.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 2, 2019
Troy Tulowitzki is expected to play shortstop for the Yankees while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery. Important: This does not take the Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes, sources tell ESPN. Tulowitzki at the minimum salary was simply too good to pass up.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 2, 2019
The Toronto Blue Jays released the 34-year-old shortstop during the MLB Winter Meetings last month. Tulowitzki missed all of last season dealing with various injuries, but the Giants were interested as soon as he became available.
"Good minimum-salaried players are worth a phone call. How about that?" Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told reporters at the winter meetings in Las Vegas.
Now, San Francisco will continue to direct its attention elsewhere. The Giants are reportedly interested in bringing in utility infielder Josh Harrison, a two-time All-Star and a right-handed bat.
Although Tulowitzki grew up an A's fan, Oakland reportedly did not reach out to the shortstop despite having a need in the middle infield. The A's acquired infielder Jurickson Profar on Dec. 21, and NBC Sports California's Ben Ross reported that the green and gold were close to moving on from All-Star second baseman Jed Lowrie.