Recently, the LA Angels and the entire MLB saw the Toronto Blue Jays make a surprise move in releasing five time All Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Now, the former MVP candidate is on the free agent market, and there is plenty of interest.
In a workout held for Troy Tulowitzki on Tuesday morning, the LA Angels were among nearly a dozen teams to attend. They watched as the two-time Gold Glove Award winner to ground balls at shortstop, followed by a brief batting practice.
Following his release, obviously a number of teams saw Tulowitzki as their potential starting shortstop, or even a contributor at third base or second base. For the Angels, clearly, he would slot in at one of the former two positions, with Andrelton Simmons manning his position as one of the top shortstops in baseball.
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While Tulowitzki did not take ground balls at third or second base, the transition is not very tough. Just last offseason, the Angels signed shortstop Zack Cozart and quickly converted him to a third baseman, while he also played a large portion of games at second. For Tulowitzki, at age 34, second base seems like the best fit with the Angels, as third base is expected to be patrolled by Cozart and/or top prospect Taylor Ward.
Second base was David Fletcher‘s position last season, but if the Angels view Tulowitzki as a high-upside signing, they shouldn’t let Fletcher be a reason to avoid signing Tulo. Fletcher played well as a starter last season, but could be a candidate for a versatile role similar to Chris Taylor of the Dodgers.
While the Angels have shown no signs at pursuing Tulowitzki other than attending his workout, it is hard not to see the fit. The Angels are one of the few teams who attended who could offer both a starting job and the possibility of contending for the playoffs.
The Angels signed Matt Harvey, a high-upside, low-risk pitcher on a one-year deal. If they can give him a contract and hope for a resurgence, Tulowitzki makes just as much sense as Harvey does for the LA Angels.