Why New York Yankees Shouldn’t Trade for Troy Tulowitzki


The New York Yankees need infield help. Their middle infield is nothing short of abysmal. Shortstop and Second Base are a liability in the field and at the plate. If they want to go deep into the postseason, or just make the playoffs at all, they are going to need better production from their middle infield. The Yankees will need to make a move to improve this team, as Joe Girardi refuses to look for help from within (i.e. Jose Pirela).

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If Troy Tulowitzki is available at the MLB Trade Deadline, should the Yankees make the move? He could improve both areas this club needs. Currently batting .284 and known for his solid glove, Tulo could help fix the Yankees infield. However, the price and cost would be too high to make a move, in my opinion.

Tulowitzki is 30 years old and is considered injury prone. He has at least five years and $90+ million left on his contract. Sound familiar? If the Yankees were to make a move for the Colorado Rockies’ shortstop, it would prove they have learned nothing from their enormous Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and CC Sabathia contracts. While Tex and A-Rod are playing great this year, its the first time in 3 years Teixeira has been healthy and same goes for Rodriguez. In three years they will finally be out from under these contracts that have helped keep this team old and fragile for too long. They don’t need to add another to replace the void.

Mar 3, 2015; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Severino (91) throws a pitch during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training baseball game at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Another reason the Yankees shouldn’t make this trade is the high price it will undoubtedly cost. Tulowitzki is still a top MLB player, arguably the best at his position, and the Rockies aren’t going to just give him a way. They will probably expect at least one top end prospect, maybe two. The Yankees are only two or so years away from having real home grown talent in the majors, their first since Robinson Cano.

Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, and Greg Bird all have a chance to produce at the major league level and many believe Judge and Severino can become stars. Should the Yankees really give one of them, if not both of them, up for a 30 year old injury prone player? The answer is no. The Yankees shouldn’t trade for Tulowitzki, mortgaging their future for a short-term fix.

If there is a player they can get who can do better than Stephen Drew and Didi Gregorius, then do so at less of a cost than prospects being touted as future stars.

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