One of the reasons Troy Tulowitzki signed with the Yankees, aside from his admiration for Derek Jeter, is that the Yanks were willing to give him a no-trade clause.
When he was traded from Colorado to Toronto during the summer of 2015, Tulowitzki was shocked by the deal. Now with a chance to pick his destination after the Blue Jays released him with two years and $38 million remaining on his contract, Tulowitzki wanted to ensure he'd be with the same team in 2019 from start to finish.
"It means something to me to commit to a team and not want to be anywhere else," Tulowitzki said, according to The Athletic's Lindsey Adler.
According to Tulowitzki, he had multiple offers but the Yankees were at the top of his list. The Yanks took a shot on the 34-year-old shortstop on a one-year deal for the minimum $555,000 after being impressed during a December workout.
The Yankees wanted to add a shortstop as Didi Gregorius is set to miss the start of the season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Tulowitzki missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing surgery on both of his heels.