Who’s going to be the Cubs’ starting shortstop at the outset of the 2019 season? Well, it won’t be Troy Tulowitzki. But according to a report, that’s who the Cubs wanted it to be before he signed with the New York Yankees.
According to SNY’s Andy Martino, “the Cubs pursued Tulowitzki to be their starting shortstop, at a minimum for the duration of Addison Russell’s domestic violence suspension.”
Tulowitzki is viewed as a zero-risk move for the Yankees as they get a former All-Star shortstop with a couple Gold Gloves on his resume for the league-minimum salary. But according to Martino, the interest in Tulowitzki was hardly confined to The Bronx, with 16 teams either making a contract offer or showing interest. The Cubs, along with the division-rival Pittsburgh Pirates, were hoping to add Tulowitzki as their starting shortstop, with the Los Angeles Angels also named as an interested party.