1. Gleyber Torres
Gleyber Torres might win some of us back with a big swing of the bat, but this relationship needs to end. Fans can’t keep getting sucked back in whenever he exhibits a semblance of his former self during a short stretch. This is abusive.
Torres went from a two-time All-Star and franchise cornerstone to replacement-level overnight. Since 2020, he’s been terrible. Many thought 2022 would be a different story because he was moving back to second base after failing as the team’s starting shortstop.
For a moment, it looked like he was cured. He was more comfortable on defense. He was swinging a clutch bat. He was maintaining respectable numbers — nothing like 2018 and 2019, but enough to be considered an asset.
But then came Aug. 1. Torres was already starting to fall off a bit, but then he plummeted. His defense isn’t really there anymore, either. He’s been good for 0 Outs Above Average and a -0.9 Def rating (per Fangraphs) despite a 0.9 dWAR and 7 Defensive Runs Saved. He’s been solid, but not great.
And at the plate, he’s average. 101 OPS+, .239 AVG, .291 OBP, .711 OPS. The 19 homers are a plus, but he’s been historically bad with runners in scoring position (.188 AVG, 550 OPS) and in high-leverage situations (.222 AVG, .651 OPS). It’s all very much not good enough.
Torres has now had more bad seasons than good in New York. It’s just not working out for everybody, and now that the Yankees have a clearer picture with their infield as their young prospects make their way up, the time in the Bronx will more than likely officially end for Gleyber in the offseason after the team listened to offers for him at the deadline but didn’t pull the trigger.