The Yankees’ shortstop position remains tenuous given the “potential” of developing Gleyber Torres. But why not take the bird in the bush…?
Yankees fans will recall the euphoria when Brian Cashman landed Gleyber Torres from the Chicago Cubs, who were all wrapped up in a “gotta have it now” mode designed to win a World Championship for the first time since dinosaurs roamed the earth.
They needed Aroldis Chapman, and the Yankees had him, so the deal was set. The Cubs front office was saved, of course, when the Cubs brought the title home, largely with the help of an overworked Chapman.
No matter, the Yankees “stole” the Cub’s number one prospect – and to add further misery to the Cubs, resigned Chapman to a deal in which he’s still the Yankee’s closer as we enter the 2021 season.
Since then, Gleyber Torres has had two moving forward and one setback season with the Yankees. He remains challenged as a defender at shortstop, and the Yankees seem to agree his best position is at second base.
With the versatile but slated to fill the second base position, DJ LeMahieu on board for the next six-years under a $90 million contract, moving Torres is to second base is not automatic unless the Yankees send their third-baseman Gio Urshela elsewhere in a trade.
Yankees: Would You Do It – Or Not?
This is why Jim Bowden of the respected Athletic feels free to suggest the possibility of this trade::
That’s four key players heading from the Bronx to the Rocky Mountains in exchange for one of the best shortstops in the game and two veteran arms.
The caveat, please. You, me, or anyone can concoct trades from our armchair with no consequences as to its outcome down the road.
But from the perspective of the Yankees, this one seems to hold more water than usual.
At first mention, Trevor Story (right) is a proven major league product. According to Baseball-Reference, the projected stats for his 2021 season look something like this:
The beauty of this trade, should the Yankees be able to execute it, allow LeMahieu to move over to third, a position he is more than comfortable with – along with the bonus of moving Torres back to second where he is more liable to thrive.
Saying it and doing it are, of course, two different things. And when you consider the weight of the players the Yankees are surrendering to (essentially) receive one player, there has to be a few gasps among Brian Cashman and his staff before consummating a deal of this like.
On the flip side, the Yankees can wait out the 2021 season with the hope that last year was a defensive fluke for Torres, and he’ll be on the rebound and more in an orbit he was projected to be from day one.
That might be true for teams on the outside, like the Angels, Royals, and especially the Rockies (Story’s current team) – where the what the hell attitude is prevalent, but not so much like the Yankees – a team clearly in a no-holds-barred thrust for their first title since 2009.
Yankees: No Matter How You Slice It, Torres Time Is Now Or Never
Regardless, though, of the outcome of this latest rumor, however well-founded by MLB, the Yankees can only gaze at the wealth of talent at shortstop available to them when the 2022 free agents hit the market.
And somewhere along the line, there has to be a decision made as to whether or not it is now – or is capable of joining the elite members of this year’s Class of 2022 major league shortstops.
Trevor Story and other members of this class are there now. Should the Yankees wait or attempt to pounce now?