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Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was released by the Toronto Blue Jays this afternoon, making him a free agent mid-way through the 2018 Winter Meetings. The Blue Jays are eating $38 million to rid themselves of the former All-Star, who is now able to sign with the MLB team of his liking.
Here are three teams that could potentially take a shot on the aging shortstop.
3. New York Mets
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This is only a likely scenario if Amed Rosario ends up getting traded during the Winter Meetings. Tulowitzki could be a nice stop gap for the Mets, who seem to be going for it following the trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. If Rosario gets traded in a deal for someone like Corey Kluber or J.T. Realmuto, then Tulo could be a nice add for a team vying for a playoff spot.
2. Detroit Tigers
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While the Tigers do have shortstop Isaac Paredes in their farm system, Tulo would be a solid short-term answer for a team that could use a veteran presence in their locker room. The current options on Detroit's roster (Dawel Lugo, Pete Kozma and Harold Castro) aren't moving any needles, but it does remain to be seen if the Tigers want to go after an older player or just develop their younger talent this season. Tulo would potentially bat in the middle of the Tigers' lineup and could be a trade chip at the deadline, if he signs with Detroit.
1. New York Yankees
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The Yankees certainly don't need Tulo to be in their long-term plans, but being in the American League does afford him to the opportunity to serve as a designated hitter at times. Current starting shortstop Didi Gregorius will miss the beginning of the season, and Tulo would be the perfect short-term fix if the Yankees swing and miss on Manny Machado. Tulowitzki has also made it widely known that his idol was Yankee great Derek Jeter. Playing in New York would be a fitting end to a potential Hall of Fame career for Tulo.
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