It would be foolish to say that the Tulo-to-New York talk is officially dead, but it appears we've just about reached that point.
The Yankees have "no interest whatsoever" in acquiring Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and the $114 million owed to him, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. The Yanks apparently mean business for the first time in decades when it comes to avoiding albatross contracts, but that might not be the only obstacle between them and a deal for Colorado's best player.
The Rockies' brass is giving rival executives the impression that they won't trade Tulowitzki, per Martino. That decision might indicate that Colorado plans on going forward with the idea that it can contend in the National League West despite numerous holes in the rotation and bullpen, as well as behind the plate.
So, not only is the "Jeter's replacement" narrative on life support, but it also seems as if Tulo going anywhere is doubtful at this point.
It certainly wouldn't hurt Colorado to keep Tulowitzki, a .340/.432/.603 hitter in 2014 and still easily the best shortstop in the game when healthy, going forward. But unless they immediately begin the process of building a winner around him, the Rockies might be stuck with a disgruntled, oft-injured player with an untradeable contract sooner than they might think.