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Ronald Torreyes Traded to Cubs for PTBNL/Cash

The Ronald Torreyes era is over. After 221 games, the Yankees announced today that they traded the versatile 26-year-old to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later or cash consideration. He had been designated for assignment Monday when the Yankees claimed pitcher Parker Bridwell from the Los Angeles Angels.

Torreyes had grown into a fan favorite since joining the Yankees in 2016 because of his energy and ability to produce as a bench player. He proved exceedingly useful in 2017, when he started the first month of the season at shortstop to allow Didi Gregorius to recover from a shoulder injury. Overall as a Yankee, he hit .281/.308/.373 (80 wRC+) with four home runs and 55 RBIs. He suited up at second base, third base, shortstop and right field for the Yankees.

Though he made a ton of contact, Torreyes provided little value with his offense. He walked 23 times in three seasons (3.8%), and only picked up extra-base hits in 6.4% of his plate appearances. He graded out as an average baserunner, but had little value as a pinch-runner since he only stole four bases in his time as a Yankee.

The real reason Torreyes was dealt appears to be his price tag. He is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter. I think the Yankees were planning to non-tender him if they did not find a destination by this Friday’s deadline. MLB Trade Rumors projected he would make $900K in his first go-around. The Yankees have way cheaper options for the utility-man bench role (Hanser Alberto, Thairo Estrada, Tim Locastro Tyler Wade, etc.) and Torreyes became the odd man out.

I’m expecting Toe will get a big hand at Old Timer’s Day at some point down the road. Only time will tell if Chicago is his final destination this offseason, as Torreyes has bounced around in the past. The Yankees acquired Torreyes along with lefty Tyler Olson in January 2016, but he got claimed by the Angels off waivers a week later. A week after that, the Yankees claimed him back from Los Angeles and the rest is history. For now, he’s a Cub. In February, we’ll see where he’s suiting up for Spring Training.

Yankees Claim Parker Bridwell; DFA Ronald Torreyes

The Yankees have added another pitcher to their roster, claiming righty Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. To make room for Bridwell on the 40-man roster, fan-favorite Ronald Torreyes was designated for assignment.

Bridwell was a ninth-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles out of Hereford HS in Texas, and went to the Angels in an April 2017 cash trade. In his one full season in 2017, Bridwell owned a 10-3 record and 3.64 ERA (4.84 FIP) in 21 games (20 starts). He was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake as the 2018 season opened, and was called up for a few days in April. He spent about a month on the Triple-A disabled list, was active for about another month and then was out for the rest of the year with an elbow injury. The Angels had designated him for assignment November 20 as they cleared their 40-man roster. In 2018, Bridwell made five appearances (6⅔ IP) and allowed 13 earned runs, which was good for a 17.55 ERA (12.91 FIP). For Triple-A Salt Lake, he made six starts and allowed 27 runs in 28 innings (8.68 ERA).

Torreyes became a fan-favorite in the Bronx because of his high energy, aggressive hitting style and ability to produce off the bench. Fans enjoyed his high batting average, despite the majority of his hits being singles. Over his three seasons in New York, he hit .281/.308/.374 (80 wRC+) with four home runs and 55 RBIs. The Yankees have seven days to trade or release Torreyes, or he can be sent outright to the minor leagues and off the 40-man roster should he go unclaimed on outright waivers.

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