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Tulo, Nolan’s contract and Yard Goats

While people were stumbling back into work after the New Year’s holiday, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the Colorado Rockies today.

Former Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is apparently heading to the Big Apple, joining the New York Yankees on a league minimum deal. Released by the Toronto Blue Jays earlier in the offseason, the 34-year-old Tulowitzki will see if he can remain healthy while remaining in the American League East.

Tulo was a big fan of Derek Jeter‘s style of play and will now share wearing the other kind of pinstripes (besides the purple ones) with the player he modeled much of his playing style after. If he stays healthy, he will get a chance to not only play against the Blue Jays this season, but also the Rockies, who visit the Bronx from July 19-21.

Staying in the Northeast, the Hartford Yard Goats (the Double-A affiliate of the Rockies) have introduced a new alternative cap. It’s sure to be a hot commodity (like much of the other Yard Goats merchandise) and I expect to see a few of them at Coors Field this summer.

By the way, if you want to some insight into the Yard Goats and how they have become so successful in such a short amount of time, check out our exclusive interview with their general manager from the Winter Meetings by clicking here.

How about this? Jairo Diaz is back with the Rockies organization, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post writes here. We talked about another Saunders and another minor league signing for the Rockies in this article.

It’s no secret one of the biggest decisions of 2019 for the Rockies will be surrounding Nolan Arenado and his status past this season. Arenado could test free agency following this year and, with the calendar turning to 2019, the murmurs are turning into shouts about the Rockies signing him to a long-term deal before the season begins. Plan to see plenty of talk about this leading into spring training and, once Arenado reports to camp, it’s likely to be a daily discussion until some decision is made. Will that be a distraction for a team trying to secure its third consecutive postseason berth?

There has been nothing new reported on movement between the Rockies and Arenado on a deal. Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich gave a quick update to Rox Pile and other media members at the Winter Meetings but that’s the last we’ve heard.

Next: Is it OK for the Rockies to be content with the status quo at catcher?

We will be at spring training when pitchers and catchers report and will bring you the latest from Arizona. We are already counting the days.

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