Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

The Yankees have landed a big-name free agent shortstop.

It’s just not the name that was expected. At least not yet.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Yanks have struck a deal with former Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on a one-year contract for the league minimum.

But the signing of Tulowitzki does not mean the Yankees are out of the running for Manny Machado, according to Passan.

The Yankees met with Machado a few weeks ago and are believed to be among the finalists for his services. The Phillies and the White Sox are also said to be in the running.

The Tulowitzki signing could be an indication that the Yankees view Machado as a third baseman instead of a shortstop. Machado was drafted as a shortstop and played there in the minor leagues before moving to third base in the big leagues Baltimore. He returned to shortstop full-time to start the 2018 season and is believed to prefer short to the hot corner.

The Yankees have reportedly shopped third baseman Miguel Andujar in trade talks this offseason.

Tulowitzki, once one of the best shortstops in baseball, missed all of 2018 after surgery on both of his heels. The Red Sox were reportedly one of the teams that attended a workout Tulowitzki held earlier this offseason after being released by the Blue Jays.

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