New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is about to enter a turbulent offseason, whether he stays in the Bronx or not. At the very least, he appears to be approaching this forthcoming uncertainty from a comfortable headsp -- oh, uh, uh oh. He's back on Twitter. That has ... literally never led to improved mental health.
This hellish site that controls the flow of information seems poised to exist for at least a few more weeks, and Torres, after an extended social media blackout, returned to Twitter -- or should we call it "X"? -- on Tuesday afternoon.
Torres hadn't recorded any public activity on the app between Sept. 20 and the present. He hadn't written a message of any kind since Aug. 4 (that was an ad, appropriately hashtagged "ad"). He hadn't posted a non-advertisement since the World Baseball Classic, when he repped Venezuela on March 11 in a photograph of his home country's jersey. His use of the platform has been sporadic at best, and innocent every time he's dared to log in.
Except Tuesday, when he pulled the covers off his account after a lengthy slumber and posted two back-to-back bits of weirdness.
Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres enters crucial offseason with cryptic tweets
A few minutes after first pitch in Game 3 of the ALDS in Minnesota, Torres tweeted, "All eyes on me.." at a time when all eyes were most certainly not on him.
He was, more than likely, talking specifically to the Yankees' fan base, where he will be the focal point of the team's offseason, as well as the canary in the coalmine that determines whether they're about to experience a lot of turnover or very little.
Torres was projected this week for a $15.3 million 2024 salary in MLB Trade Rumors' arbitration projections. That would make him nearly as expensive, per impartial systems, as Aaron Judge was in the Yankees' eye last winter, when they proposed a $17 million annual salary for No. 99's final season of arbitration. If the Yankees only deemed their MVP to be worth $17 million, then they are extremely unlikely to pay Torres that inflated amount. Hence ... the eyes.
Torres then reflected on Twitter's overall ~vibe~, cracking jokes about the "X" rebrand while identifying that nothing really changes about the tenor of the discourse on the platform. One can only assume that the second baseman's mentions were full of vitriol after the Yankees' season ended, even though he was one of the very few offensive players worth their salt in August and September.
Stay tuned all through the Winter Meetings to see if Torres swiftly becomes an "X"-Yankee.