Troy Tulowitzki garnered interest from 16 teams following a workout in front of scouts in December, but the veteran shortstop ultimately chose the Yankees.
Tulowitzki said it was simple: He wanted to play shortstop and play for a contender.
The 34-year-old explained his reasoning during a conference call on Monday and said the Yankees offered him both of those opportunities, despite the team's pursuit of free-agent Manny Machado and expection for Didi Gregorius to return the second half of the season from Tommy John surgery.
Yet neither of those possibilities appear to bother Tulowitzki, who GM Brian Cashman said he was committed to starting at shotstop on Opening Day.
"I signed up with the Yankees because I want to be with the best players," Tulowitzki told reporters.
Should one of those players happen to be Machado, Tulowitzki said that would be "awesome."
The Yankees may not even land Machado, but could always play him at third base. Gregorius, however, is a shortstop on the roster and left-handed bat the Yankees would need to have in the lineup once he is healthy to return, but Tulowitzki again downplayed it being a concern.
"When that time comes, we'll deal with that," he said.
Tulowtizki is not exactly a guarantee to stay on the field, either.
He did not play in 2018 due to surgery on both his heels, which resulted in why the Blue Jays released him last month, but he says his heels feel "great" but there is plenty of work to do.
"I do need to catch up as far reps," he said. "And see pitching and being out there on the field."
Tulowitzki added there is "no doubt" he will be playing with a chip on his shoulder once the 2019 season starts.