Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after he undergoes hip surgery.
Thomas Harding of MLB.com broke the news:
— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) August 14, 2014
Tulowitzki will end his impressive season early with 21 homers and 52 RBI, sporting a .340 average. He is currently the National League leader in batting average.
Tulo's injury woes continue as he played in just 47 games in 2012 and 126 games in 2013. He will finish this year after compiling just 91 contests.
Trade rumors have swirled about Tulo this season, but his recent issues with leg injuries will undoubtedly hurt his stock should the Rockies actually look to trade him. Colorado has been in contact with the New York Mets, and more teams were likely to be interested in the star shortstop during the offseason.
Another team who has Tulo in their sights is the New York Yankees. Tulo has made it no secret that he idolized Derek Jeter growing up and that he'd love to take over for The Captain when he calls it quits after 2014. He even took in a game at Yankee Stadium while on the DL.
The Yankees, who desperately need some offense and a replacement for Jeter before 2015, would love to add Tulo to their roster, but may be weary of such a move because of the insane cost associated with getting such an inherent risk.
It could take the Bronx Bombers' top prospects like pitcher Luis Severino and outfielder Aaron Judge, amongst others added to that package to complete a deal for the Rockies shortstop.
While it may have been a foregone conclusion that the Yanks would jump at the chance to make that deal, it isn't such an easy decision now that Tulowitzki has once again fallen victim to injury.
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