Troy Tulowitzki heading to Yankees on one-year deal

Tulowitzki will not be playing for hometown A's

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki throws out Arizona’s Willie Bloomquist during the first inning of the first game in a doubleheader Tuesday at Coors Field. More photos.

There wasn’t a ton of action at last month’s MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, but one rumor that ran rampant throughout that week was Troy Tulowitzki possibly having a Homecoming with the A’s. That will not be happening.

Tulowitzki, a Sunnyvale native and huge A’s fan growing up, is reportedly signing a one-year deal with the New York Yankees for the league minimum.

The move makes sense for both parties. Tulowitzki is looking for playing time, and the Yankees present that opportunity with current shortstop Didi Gregorius still recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Yankees are looking for production at the position, and the low cost for a potentially premium bat in Tulowitzki makes it a classic low-risk, high reward deal.

Tulowitzki’s agent, Paul Cohen, let it be known last month that the five-time All-Star was interested in playing for the A’s after being released by the Blue Jays. But the chances of the move actually happening was a long shot with the A’s more focused on finding a traditional second baseman. The final nail in the coffin came a couple of weeks ago when the club pulled off a three-team deal to acquire Rangers utility infielder Jurickson Profar, who will now become the everyday second baseman for the A’s.

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