1. Gleyber Torres
Having depth isn’t a bad thing! Having depth you don’t trust to act as depth at one specific position, thus throwing off the lineup’s entire balance, is an issue.
Carrying 10 players for nine starting roles isn’t necessarily a bad thing until you realize that one of those 10, Gleyber Torres, hasn’t shaken off the regression monster after all. It wasn’t being shoehorned into shortstop. It wasn’t the strangeness of 2020. For better or worse, Torres has been a below-average hitter with very little power or defensive prowess since the ball was changed in 2019, and it may well be too late for him to resurrect himself in New York, especially with so many prominent middle infield prospects behind him.
What does he do better than Marwin Gonzalez? He cannot be allowed to start over DJ LeMahieu, at this point, nor should he force Josh Donaldson to the bench (when healthy). So, is it really worth it to carry Torres in order for him to play either twice a week, or more than that, kicking superior players to the curb while doing so?
We have enough evidence here that Torres’ motor is off, and has been for some time. His regression has been one of the Yankees’ grandest failings of the modern era, and probably the No. 1 thing they’ve done wrong. Juiced balls or not, they took an elite natural hitter and turned him into someone who sold out for pop and couldn’t rediscover his swing when that plan went awry. He’s uncomfortable in the field and at the plate, and he should regain that comfort in a different town — again, while other organizations still have hope they can help him recover.