For the past several days (weeks? years?), one Yankees mantra has always held true: when Jack Curry’s mouth opens and makes noise, believe what he says. After all, he’s broken the Andrew Benintendi, Scott Effross, and Frankie Montas/Lou Trivino deals effortlessly during the most recent cycle. He’s plugged in and trustworthy — and, most importantly, employed by the team.
That edict has been tested hard on Tuesday afternoon, as Curry casually dropped a roster-spot-clearing bombshell during YES Network’s MLB trade deadline coverage.
New York has plenty of shuffling left to do. After acquiring Montas, Effross, and Trivino, they still need to shuttle some players off the active roster. Joey Gallo departing to the Dodgers freed up space. But with very few minor-league options left on the pitching staff (sources are split on whether or not Domingo German has one), and with Ron Marinaccio thriving, a “minor” trade for an existing Yankees reliever could be in the cards. Wandy Peralta, Albert Abreu and Lucas Luetge have all found themselves in recent speculation.
Or … maybe something much wilder is about to happen. According to Curry, the Yankees have fielded recent calls on Gleyber Torres, who’s in the middle of an All-Star-level campaign filled with clutch homers and a return to relative normalcy.
Would a Torres blockbuster really be in the cards? And which available player could possibly be worth Torres? A half-year of Carlos Rodón?
Yankees fielding Gleyber Torres trade rumors ahead of 2022 MLB Trade Deadline
It doesn’t sound real. And yet … Jack Curry never lies.
And Torres isn’t in Tuesday night’s lineup.
Torres has rebounded nicely from a bizarre 2020-21 powerless backslide with a .780 OPS, 16 homers, and solid defense from the second base position for a 70-34 baseball team. DJ LeMahieu is having a special season, too, and has solidified himself as a full-time starter … but that rebound should affect Josh Donaldson’s playing time and Yankees future more than Torres’.
In all, this feels like rampant speculation, and something that’s being proposed to the Yankees rather than pitched by the Bombers.
All that being said, if Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza are both the team’s “shortstop of the future,” one of them will have to play second base. LeMahieu’s here long-term. Will Torres be as well?