INF Ronald Torreyes Traded to Chicago Cubs for PTBNL/Cash
The Yankees recently DFA’ed Torreyes after they acquired RHP Parker Bridwell from the Los Angeles Angels on November 26th on a waiver claim.
Torreyes stuck with the Yankees as an up-and-down infielder for just under the greater part of 3 seasons- from 2016 to 2018- accumulating 229 games over the last three years.
Ronald Torreyes’s Yankees Career: 2016-2018Embed from Getty Images
Over his three seasons donning the pinstripes, Ronald Torreyes was a solid back-up infielder for the Yankees to use when a starter would go down with injury or be taken out a game early for a variety of reasons. Out of his 229 games with the Yankees, he started 156 with over half (85) coming in 2017 alone due to an injury that sidelined starting 2B Starlin Castro from mid-July to September.
His best year in pinstripes was 2017, where he played in 108 games while hitting .292/.314/.375 (81 OPS+) with 3 home runs and 36 RBI’s. Over his whole Yankees tenure, the numbers go down slightly to a slash-line of .281/.308/.374 (80 OPS+) with 4 HR’s and 55 RBI’s. It was never expected for Torreyes to be a big hitting threat, and most of his value was due to his versatility around the infield.
Torreyes played all three of the non-1B infield positions for the Yankees, with average defense across the board. He logged 624 innings at 2B, 452 innings at 3B, and 373 innings at SS, with fielding percentages of 0.993%, 0.968%, and 0.987% at each position respectively.
He was a solid Yankee, and a great clubhouse presence for the young squad, most notably by his “Toe-Night Show” home run dugout celebration.
We wish him the best of luck in Chicago!