1. Gleyber Torres to Phillies
Rob Thomson and Kevin Long, say hello to your new star pupil!
Dave Dombrowski and the Phillies pursuing Torres would actually be the surest sign yet that the Yankees might want to rethink their plans and find room for him. Dombrowski typically doesn’t miss on buy-low candidates who fill the exact role he envisions for them, from Steve Pearce to Edmundo Sosa.
Torres obviously has more pedigree than those fill-ins-turned-leaders, and with hit machine Jean Segura running into a team option for 2023, there’s a good chance the Phillies will need some new blood at second base (after figuring out that Bryson Stott and Alec Bohm at short and third worked enough to take them to the World Series).
Segura, a beloved clubhouse presence, is about to turn 33 and just posted a 104 OPS+ campaign that definitely sounds more stable numerically than the actual experience of watching the campaign felt. Segura is essential to the Phils’ NL Champion chemistry, but the team’s fearless leadership probably has to be ready to move on this offseason.
Torres will be ready.