About a week ago, news broke that the Detroit Tigers had signed free-agent shortstop Jordy Mercer to a 1-year deal. The thought was that Mercer would be the Tigers’ starter SS in 2019 with Jose Iglesias no longer in the picture.
But that may not be the case as the team is apparently interested in former All-Star SS Troy Tulowitzki.
According to a report from Yahoo Sports, the Tigers were one of 11 teams to attend Tulowitzki’s workout on Wednesday.
By late Tuesday morning, a half-dozen or so teams had told or hinted to Troy Tulowitzki that he could be their next shortstop or third baseman or second baseman, the non-binding smiles and shoulder claps representing about half of those who showed up to watch the former All-Star and sudden free agent at Blair Field near Long Beach State.
After an hour-long workout, during which he fielded grounders only at shortstop and took a handful of batting practice rounds, all to a country music soundtrack, Tulowitzki himself shrugged and offered little beyond him being pleased to be healthy again and on a baseball field. By then, the sun had broken through a morning haze.
He has not played since July 2017, that due to injuries, the list of those long, the most recent being bone spurs in both heels. The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates and others came for a look at Tulo. General manager types Billy Eppler (Angels) and Farhan Zaidi (Giants) attended, as did Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who hitched a ride from San Diego with Tigers special assistant Alan Trammell.
Nation, would you like the Detroit Tigers to sign former All-Star and Gold Glove winner Troy Tulowitzki?