Mariners Hot Stove Hype: Yankees trade chip 2B Torres, FA OF Benintendi

The Mariners are seen as a possible touchdown spot for the massive 4 free-agent shortstops, however they’re reportedly checking in on one other big-name center infielder as effectively.

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According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mariners have had discussions with the New York Yankees about Gleyber Torres, a 25-year-old second baseman who posted a 4.1 WAR, 24 house runs and a .761 OPS for New York final season in 140 video games.

So what ought to Mariners followers find out about Torres? Someone who is aware of all about him and the Yankees is John Jastremski of The Ringer’s New York, New York Podcast, who joined Seattle Sports 710 AM’s Wyman and Bob on Tuesday for the most recent Mariners Hot Stove Hype, which has Wyman and Bob speaking to media members throughout the nation about gamers who may find yourself in Seattle.

Jastremski thinks the Yankees will preserve slugging outfielder Aaron Judge on a really profitable deal, which may lead New York to trade Torres.

“I do assume the Yankees may transfer Gleyber Torres. They’ve received a number of youth developing within the minor leagues,” he stated. “And we simply talked concerning the thought of ​​paying Aaron Judge $40 million a 12 months, so they might wish to go low cost within the center infield and play their youngsters and Gleyber Torres turns into expendable in case you try this.”

And whereas Torres has shortstop expertise, Jastremski careworn he’s a second baseman, calling his shortstop days “a catastrophe.”

“He could not subject his place and it affected him on the plate and he regressed,” he stated. “Last 12 months, he was stable. He fields second base fairly effectively. He’s going to provide you a psychological lapse each from time to time. But the man when he is proper goes the other subject and he is hitting for energy.”

Torres hit 38 house runs in 2019, however Jastremski stated the infielder is probably going a .270 batting common man who will hit a bit of over 20 house runs and drive in 70-plus runs.

“He’s a superb participant. And in case you advised me the Mariners are going to go get Gleyber Torres, I feel you are gonna like him,” he stated.

And whereas Torres is an efficient participant, Jastremski stated the Yankees can also be keen to half methods with him because of him not assembly the group’s lofty expectations.

Torres was a highly-touted worldwide prospect who signed with the Chicago Cubs and was the centerpiece of a trade to New York involving star reliever Aroldis Chapman. And whereas Torres is a two-time All-Star who has had good manufacturing for the Yankees, Jastremski stated he was seen as their model of Juan Soto with Washington (and now San Diego), Ronald Acuña Jr. with Atlanta and in addition Julio Rodríguez right here with the Mariners.

“They thought Gleyber Torres was going to be that type of participant, however he by no means lived as much as that,” Jastremski stated. “So you can make the argument that possibly a change of surroundings could be factor for him.”

While Torres continues to be below contract with the Yankees, that is not the case for outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who some assume could be match for the Mariners.

Jastremski thinks the veteran nook outfielder may “worth himself out of New York” as a result of the outfield market exterior of Judge and the Mets’ Brandon Nimmo is not all that nice or deep.

Jastremski thinks the Yankees could be sensible to maintain Benintendi as a result of he is a left-handed bat who places the ball in play and is a Gold Glove-caliber defender in left subject.

“So I feel any individual may go and overpay for Andrew Benintendi,” he stated. “I’m very assured Judge is again. I might put Benintendi coming again at like 35-65 within the ‘no’ division. I do not assume he is again.”

Listen to the complete interview at this hyperlink or within the participant beneath.

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