New York Yankees: Five infield options if they don’t sign Manny Machado

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees and the American League celebrates with Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles and the American League after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the National League during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees and the American League celebrates with Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles and the American League after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the National League during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – JULY 16: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays fields during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 16, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays 6-5. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Troy Tulowitzki

I spoke about Tulowitzki being an option for the New York Yankees in the infield a week ago, and they were among a dozen clubs to attend a showcase for him. Even if his first step isn’t what it was defensively, and he has to move to second base, the Yankees and Troy Tulowitzki are still a good match.

For Tulowitzki, it gives him a chance to be on a team that is trying to win. When Gregorious comes back, Tulowitzki can be a depth option for the New York Yankees in the middle infield. He can also serve as the DH, when Giancarlo Stanton plays the field and if Tulowitzki can hit like he did a couple of years ago, he will find himself in the lineup one way or another.

For the New York Yankees, they would only have to pay Tulowitzki the league minimum, meaning they can take the other funds and use it towards other areas. Maybe they can add another bullpen arm or a starter or both to help their pitching depth. If Tulowitzki doesn’t have it, the Yankees can just cut him. No harm, no foul, no big money commitment. That’s what the Toronto Blue Jays have to deal with, not the Yankees.