Rumor: Yankees’ Gleyber Torres seems to be untouchable ahead of trade deadline
If the New York Yankees are going to make a major move at the trade deadline, it won’t involve second baseman Gleyber Torres.
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, teams have asked the Yankees for Torres in exchange for starting pitching, but New York isn’t biting. Instead, the Yankees are offering up outfielder Clint Frazier, injured third baseman Miguel Andujar and pitching prospect Deivi Garcia in trade talks.
Torres is having a terrific 2019 campaign, owning a slash line of .291/.358/.504 with 20 home runs and 55 RBI over 406 plate appearances, making the All-Star team as a result.
The 22-year-old was originally signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent back in 2013.
However, Torres never actually played a game for the Cubs before being traded to the Yankees in July 2016 in a deal that sent closer Aroldis Chapman to Chicago (interestingly enough, the Yankees signed Chapman back that ensuing offseason).
Torres went on to make his big-league debut last season, slashing .271/.340/.480 with 24 long balls and 77 RBI across 484 plate appearances, earning an All-Star selection.
The Venezuelan played shortstop in the minor leagues, but due to the presence of Didi Gregorius on the Yankees’ roster, Torres has primarily played second base for New York.
It would certainly be shocking if the Yanks moved Torres, as he is unquestionably one of their top players and is already one of the best offensive middle infielders in all of baseball. Still, that obviously won’t stop rival clubs for bringing his name up in trade discussions.
The Yankees currently own a record of 67-38 and sit in first place in the AL East.