San Francisco Giants “Most Interested” In Troy Tulowitzki per Reports
By Daniel Sperry
Good news! Finally a concrete rumor of San Francisco Giants interest in a free agent. Bad news? It’s just Troy Tulowitzki.
Surprise! The old and often injured San Francisco Giants are interested in another old and often injured has been from the early part of this decade! After Troy Tulowitzki was released by the Blue Jays, the thought of him being someone the Giants needed seemed to creep up from a lot of fans. Now, the Giants own interest in him is becoming apparent:
Troy Tulowitzki’s resume speaks for itself. A career slashline of .290/.361/.495/.856, 224 career homers, a five time all-star, two gold gloves, and two silver slugger awards, he was a legitimate player. However, he hasn’t been healthy for two years, and his feet have kept him out of baseball for more than a whole year.
The Blue Jays cut their losses like they should’ve and let him find a new home for the league minimum while the Blue Jays continue to pay out on his contract.
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Don’t get me wrong. Tulo would be a great depth piece if your San Francisco Giants were setting up to be a contender. But they aren’t, so he wouldn’t be. It would be pointless, IMO, for them to guarantee him a 25 man spot, and if they do, then I have some serious questions.
Tulo has voiced his hate for the Giants many times, growing up an A’s fan. The Fremont native reportedly hated the Giants growing up, like most irrational A’s fans. The fact that the Giants are the most interested team concerns me they’d actually guarantee him a 25 man roster spot.
It’s not like his signing would be blocking out a potential youth prospect, as their best prospects there are at least two years away from the big leagues. Jalen Miller hasn’t played above high-A, and just figured out his bat last year. Marco Luciano is next on the list but hasn’t debuted in the states yet. On top of that Ryan Howard is intriguing, but not worth holding out on Longo for.
Am I talking myself into Longo? Well, I at least have to present the pros. Tulo is a vet, and a good fit. If he can play second base competently, he’s an even better fit for what the Giants would potentially need. I like Alen Hanson, but he was probably as good as he will be last year, and put up a 0.5 WAR. I’m sure Tulo could do better than that, as long as he’d be healthy.
The injury concerns are my exact concerns. Hanson potentially being shipped elsewhere with the arrival of Tulowitzki leaves them with no real back up to Panik/Crawford, and Avelino doesn’t quite look ready. Tulo is so injury prone that guaranteeing him a 25 man roster spot just seems questionable.
If Tulo was going to sign a minor league deal with a league minimum salary upon making the roster out of spring, I’d be 100% ok with it. But I don’t believe in his healthy enough to guarantee him a roster spot. I don’t make roster decisions though, so keep an eye out as it seems the Giants have real interest in him.