Cubs Rumors: Team exploring multiple middle infield veterans

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Cubs Rumors: The once perennial All-Star has questions

Half a decade ago, the idea of getting Troy Tulowitzki would be beyond exciting and huge news. The five-time All Star has been a multiple Gold Glove and Silver Slugger recipient.

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Even with some injury issues in the middle of his career, he kept going. From his debut in 2006-2015, Tulowitzki slashed .297/.369/.508 with a .877 OPS, 193 home runs and put up an fWAR of 4.9 or higher six times. Not to mention a total of 83 Defensive Runs Saved at short.

Unfortunately since being traded to the Blue Jays in 2015, the injuries have really piled up and he has not played like himself the past two years. Since 2016 he has appeared in a total of of 197 games, including only 66 in 2017. In that time he slashed .252/.312/.422 with 31 home runs and 105 RBI. Sure, he still has some pop, but it wasn’t the same across the board.

So after not playing in 2018, is it worth the risk for the Cubs? The workout with the scout may determine their willingness to risk it.  If he is in physically good shape, it can be a low-risk high reward move. But if the Cubs want to rely on everyone being healthy and they do not see it in him, then they will probably pass.