Says the New York Times:
If anyone thought the Yankees’ acquisition of Troy Tulowitzki was going to provide some clarity about the rest of their winter plans — particularly the pursuit of the infielder Manny Machado — well, good luck with that.
General Manager Brian Cashman, in a conference call with reporters, said his scouts had been so impressed with Tulowitzki in two workouts that they plan to turn the shortstop job over to him until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery, whether that is in June, July or August. Tulowitzki has not played since 2017.
As for whether the signing of Tulowitzki, who agreed to a one-year, minimum-salary contract, takes the Yankees out of contention for Machado, Cashman said: “I can’t say what it would take us out of. But I will say we’re going in with a commitment level to try Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop.”
The Yankees are not inclined to go near the type of 10-year, $300 million contract that Machado is seeking, but if his market turns out to be less than robust — he has met with only two other teams, the Phillies and the Chicago White Sox — he could still be in the team’s plans at third base. Cashman said he had continued to speak with Machado’s agent, Dan Lozano, but did not characterize the conversations or say when they had taken place.