Red Sox showing interest in Troy Tulowitzki
Here we go...
Rumors are flying around about the Boston Red Sox potentially signing Troy Tulowitzki. That's right: the guy who used to be a good shortstop for the Colorado Rockies. The Red Sox were one of 12 teams watching the 34-year-old work out in Long Beach on Tuesday so all of a sudden, that means the Red Sox are linked to him. Just wonderful.
First of all, there's going to be a lot of people saying the Red Sox should take a look at him. They'll say he's a low-risk high-reward guy. They'll site a bunch of old stats. They'll cite stats from before he got hurt. They'll say he didn't play well because he was injured but now, he's gonna be great because he says he's feeling great. News flash, that's what they all say always. Every player is doing great in spring training. They're in the best shape of their life. They've never felt better. They're gonna hit 80 homers this year and bat .400.
Seriously though. Tulowitzki can't stay on the field, so why would the Red Sox want anything to do with him? There's a reason why the Toronto Blue Jays axed him with two years remaining on his contract: they realized he was a lost cause. He missed all of last season with an injury and played like 60 something games the year before. In 2016, he was solid (.254 batting average 24 home runs and a .761 OPS for Toronto), but the Red Sox already have a shortstop: Xander Bogaerts.
So yeah, unless they could get him on like an MiLB deal with a spring training invite and could get him playing second base, a Tulo deal just doesn't make sense for the Red Sox--especially knowing he will probably get a much better deal elsewhere.