Yankees: 3 hybrid sell-off trades NYY should pursue at deadline
1. Gleyber Torres to the White Sox
Wait a second! The White Sox need a second baseman and are willing to overpay for Eduardo Escobar? Cut that line! We have a 40-homer dude who needs a position switch, a change of scenery and a refreshing of his approach!
Gleyber Torres may or may not be a shortstop. He may or may not be worth his full weight in trade. But if the Yankees miss the postseason entirely after entrusting him with a brand-new position, he definitely won’t be long for this roster, as the braintrust looks to put a new long-term piece in his place.
Wouldn’t you … feel better right now with Corey Seager, Trevor Story or Carlos Correa with Oswald Peraza waiting in the wings? Sadly, the answer is clear.
Now, Torres has traditionally pressed far less when situated at second instead of having the keys to the shortstop legacy handed to him. The Yankees will be asking for a haul for their 24-year-old with disappearing power to fill in for Nick Madrigal, but then again, the D-Backs are asking for a massive package for Escobar. Everyone is going to try to force everyone to overpay. Wouldn’t Torres be a better get?
How about this insanity? The White Sox prospect cupboard is mostly bare, and the Yankees are going very few places in ’21 anyway, so … Torres for the scrappy Madrigal (who’s out until 2022), No. 5 prospect righty Andrew Dalquist, No. 8 prospect Blake Rutherford (a former Yankee and center fielder!), and a back-of-the-top-30 lottery ticket? It’s strange. We understand. But whether this is the solution or not (almost definitely not), Torres’ future must be addressed firmly before the end of the year.