Gleyber Torres has unusually placed himself in an unexplored category. Despite being just 26 years of age, the New York Yankees infielder is neither a youngster nor a veteran. Torres began his professional baseball journey at the tender age of 14. Thus, on the basis of his experience, many fans consider him a veteran who was supposed to take charge this year.
Gleyber Torres was expected to play a role of mentor this year for the Yankees. While he kept up with his individual contributions, Torres wasn’t able to help out his teammates. Having said that, despite being one of the top performers of an appalling season, the infielder’s future in the Bronx is hanging in the balance. Will the Yanks Gleyber this crucial off-season?
Gleyber Torres A Hot Trade Chip The Yankees Must Utilize To Fetch Lucrative Deal!
In a season to forget for the New York Yankees, Gelyeber Torres recorded the best year of his career. Despite future uncertainty looming over his shoulders, the infielder kept his head down and continued to fight. He lasted almost the entire season and hit .273 with 25 home runs, 68 RBIs, and .800 OPS. While the baseman stumbled on the field multiple times, the staggering offensive numbers made up for it to an extent. He ended the season as the team’s top hitter after captain Aaron Judge. However, despite everything, the Yanks must trade Torres this off-season.
Owing to his 2023 season numbers, the infielder upped his stakes in the free agent market. Moreover, Torres is just 26 with a long future ahead. But that future will have to pan out elsewhere. If the Yankees play their cards right, they can acquire a starting pitcher, bullpen depth, and a shortstop in exchange for Gleyber Torres. Additionally, the team should not face any difficulty in finding suitors for the infielder since any team in a rebuilding stage would love to have a young talent. For the Bombers, it’s a win-win deal. Firstly, they free up the infield logjam and can acquire reinforcements in key areas such as pitching. Having said that, trading Torres could also be risky, considering his recent form. But for immediate results, something has to give.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Should See Himself Out Already!
Another New York Yankees infielder/utility player, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, is unlikely to survive this off-season. He made his best efforts to prove useful to the team in every capacity. But the raging competition from the youth movement is getting the better of him. Since prospect Oswald Peraza arrived in the Bronx, IKF took a back seat as his playing time was seemingly reduced.
Not only that, Peraza’s impressive performance during limited opportunities will further create a problem for Isiah Kiner-Falefa. As much as he loves being a part of the storied franchise, his time in New York seems up. As per early predictions, IKF will likely get traded this off-season or even released if he fails to find any suitors since he is an impending free agent.