There's a fork in the road for Troy Tulowitzki. The five-time All-Star faces an uncertain future re-entering free agency after missing all of the 2018 season due to nagging injury issues, but the door isn't shut on him quite yet. There's still a market for a man of his particular set of skills, and according to the latest buzz, the Chicago Cubs are among about a half-dozen teams that have checked in with the former Blue Jay.
Cubs are one of the teams that has at least been in contact with Tulo, and they will send a scout to a workout. There are others though, so they aren’t necessarily the favorite. His agent told @susanslusser there are 6 teams and they will narrow field soon.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 15, 2018
Tulo hasn't been an All-Star since 2015, the year he was dealt from Colorado to Toronto, and hasn't won a Gold Glove since 2011. He's played over 130 games just once in the last seven years. But class is class, and for his career, he's got a .290 average, an .856 OPS, and 34.0 offensive WAR to his name. The Cubs need to move on fully from Addison Russell at shortstop, and they could do a heck of a lot worse than Tulowitzki.
Toronto is eating $38 million in Troy Tulowitzki’s deal. Heel injuries forced him to miss all of the 2018 season, but a straight-up release of Tulowitzki was unexpected to say the least. He’s a free agent now, and he’ll have his pick of teams at the minimum salary.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2018
It would be a shame to think that a guy as accomplished at Tulo really is done in the league. 2018 was a lost year, but the buzz he's generating on the market feels encouraging. Here's to a comeback campaign to remember.