As we all know, the Yankees need a new shortstop. They're likely looking far and wide to replace Derek Jeter, and one favorite rumor magnet has been Troy Tulowitzki. Known as the best shortstop in the game, Tulo has suffered from an inability to remain healthy for an entire season. With the Rockies organization in disarray and currently on the outs with their star player, it's easy to see how the two teams could match up for a trade. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem likely to happen.
Tulowitzki is still owed $114 million over the next six years, but according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, everything points toward the Yankees not wanting to take on another big contract. They are already paying Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, and Carlos Beltran big money while struggling and dealing with injury problems. The Yankees are currently looking around for bargains this winter by targeting mid-tier free agents like Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley even as the Red Sox sign Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval.
What makes things even less likely to come together is that rival officials believe that the Rockies are not interested in moving Tulowitzki. Despite the strained relationship between Tulo and Colorado, the organization really has no reason to trade him if they believe keeping him would be the best course of action for the franchise at this juncture. Maybe some day down the line they'll be ready, but it doesn't seem like that will be happening in 2015.
Even if Troy Tulowitzki doesn't come together this offseason, word is going around that the Yankees have "made a series of trade offers to teams for shortstops." We don't know exactly what that means, but Cashman looks much more likely to go for a trade over signing someone like Jed Lowrie or Asdrubal Cabrera. The Yankees could be checking in on Elvis Andrus, Alexei Ramirez, Didi Gregorius, Jimmy Rollins, and Starlin Castro, or any of the other Cubs shortstops before they eventually settle on Stephen Drew.