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Hot Stove Lunch: Red Sox interest in Troy Tulowitzki a puzzle

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The Red Sox were one of about a dozen teams attending a workout held by free agent Troy Tulowitzki recently, which seems, well…odd.

Tulowitzki was released last week by the Toronto Blue Jays, who owe him more $38 million for the next two years. So, any team signing Tulowitzki could do so for the minimum salary of about $660,000.

OK, so cost isn’t an issue for the Red Sox.

But how about fit? The Sox, of course, have Xander Bogaerts at short, and while Tulowitzki has signaled a willingness to play other infield positions, the Sox hope to have Dustin Pedroia back at second. If he’s not, they have Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez.

Third base? Unlikely, since Rafael Devers is under control for another five seasons and the Sox expect a breakout season from him in 2019.

So, again, where? Perhaps Tulowitzki could serve as a utility infielder and temporary placeholder at second base until Pedroia is a full go. Or, maybe the Sox see him as insurance at short in the event they can’t extend or re-sign Bogaerts, who is eligible for free agency after 2019.

But Tulowitzki is 34 and didn’t play at all last year. In fact, he’s played more than 130 games just once since 2011, so he can hardly be counted on physically, especially after coming off surgeries to remove bone spurs in both heels.

Perhaps its just due diligence on the part of the Sox. But from a distance, it’s hard to understand.



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