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Blue Jays release Troy Tulowitzki

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The Toronto Blue Jays just announced that they have released shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. He’s now a free agent.

Tulowitzki, to whom the Jays still owe $38 million over the next two years ($20 million in 2019, $14 million in 2020 and a $4 million buyout of his 2021 option), has seen his once fantastic career derailed by injuries. Specifically bone spurs, surgery for which caused him to miss the entire 2018 season and play in only 66 games in 2017. The Jays releasing him suggests that he’s still not fully healed or, at the very least, that they do not believe he’ll ever regain the form that inspired them to acquire him from the Rockies back in 2015 in the first place.

But what a form that was. In parts of ten seasons with the Rockies, Tulo put up a line of .299/.371/.513 with 188 homers. He won two Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger Awards in Colorado, making the All-Star team five times. That performance inspired the Rockies to sign him to a 10 year, $157.75 million contract extension following the 2010 season. Once he came to the Jays, however, it all went to pot, with him only managing a line of .250/.313/.414 in three partial, injury plagued seasons.

It seems unlikely that anyone would take a chance on the now-34 year-old Tulowitzki, even at league minimum prices. If so, it is an unfortunate end to a once extraordinarily promising career.

Cubs have considered trading Ben Zobrist

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The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma reports that the Cubs have considered trading super-utilityman Ben Zobrist in order to free up payroll space, which would allow the club to address other areas of the roster.

Zobrist, 37, is entering the final year of his contract and will earn $12 million in 2019. According to Cot’s Contracts, the Cubs project to have an Opening Day payroll of about $204.5 million, just a hair below the luxury tax threshold of $206 million. The Cubs have notably been absent from the free agent marketplace, particularly involving Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, due to luxury tax concerns.

Last season, Zobrist hit .305/.378/.440 with nine home runs, 58 RBI, and 67 runs scored in 520 plate appearances. He played all over the field, logging 100-plus innings in both outfield corners and second base while also spending a handful of games at first base. With Addison Russell serving a 40-game suspension to open the 2019 season, Javier Báez will handle shortstop and Zobrist figures to be the starting second baseman.