Here’s what we know about the Yankees’ recent Gleyber Torres trade conversations and rumors:
- The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins almost had a deal done for Pablo Lopez at last summer’s trade deadline. Per reports, Torres may or may not have been involved. Oswald Peraza may or may not have been involved. Regardless, both Torres and Lopez struggled tremendously in the second half in the wake of those conversations.
- The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners match up well in a Torres trade this offseason, something the M’s seem to be keenly aware of.
So, why not lump all three teams together in the kind of trade that would spin the propeller on Jerry Dipoto’s little beanie hat? Well … noble thought, but the trade TheScore dropped this week simply ain’t it, for a number of reasons.
In this deal, the Yankees would come away with Lopez (4.65 ERA in July 2022, 4.61 ERA in August 2022) and regressing Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker … and that’s it. They’d be giving away Torres, a better offensive player than Winker even as his arbitration figures rise, as well as Frankie Montas, Luis Gil, Oswaldo Cabrera and Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
Yankees could pull off this three-team trade with Marlins and Mariners
…if they want to get way worse and make everyone angry.
In this deal, the Yankees would be adding an above-average (probably) starter in Lopez, whose 2022 season was both his fullest (32 starts after 20 in 2021, 21 in 2019) and most underwhelming (108 ERA+ after a 136 mark last year). Alright. Fine. A slightly more iffy trade candidate than some might want you to think, but you’d roll the dice and take him on the Yankees … but why would you cut bait on Frankie Montas to do so, who may very well be just as good in 2023?
This is “Jordan Montgomery for Harrison Bader, No One for Any More Pitching” Part II. Why are you subtracting All-Star starting pitching unnecessarily!? Just to get rid of Torres and Oswaldo Cabrera, who’s slated to be a massive impact piece for the 2023 Yanks?
This is not to mention that Winker’s had trouble staying healthy, too, and brings an exceptional eye, slipping batted ball data, and brutal defense to whatever team he plans to join in 2023.
Sacrificing Torres could swiftly become a sad inevitability, but if the Yankees make the move, they shouldn’t ditch Cabrera in the process. They should also, uh, try to get better if they insist on trading their 26-year-old second baseman.
Add in the hilarious fact that somebody wanted Isiah Kiner-Falefa as a $6 million throw-in in this hypothetical (or rehabbing Luis Gil at his lowest value!), and this doesn’t pass the Dipoto Beanie Test.