Two days after designating Ronald Torreyes for assignment, the Yankees worked out a small trade. The Bombers announced earlier this afternoon that they sent Torreyes to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Torreyes, 26, appeared in just 41 games for the Yankees in 2018. He slashed .280/.294/.370 and managed a weak 78 wRC+. He missed time while his wife fell ill over the summer, but for the most part, the Yankees found better options to have on the big league roster.
A fan favorite, Torreyes’ best work came during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Popularity, however, didn’t outweigh his lack of production. As a bench player, he maintained an 81 wRC+ over both years. We fondly remember his few timely singles, but Torreyes wasn’t indispensable.
The Yankees designated Torreyes for assignment in order to make room for Parker Bridwell, a recently injured pitcher without much of a track record of success. Many questioned the decision to sacrifice Torreyes’ roster spot for a player of that caliber. Now maybe the team will get a lottery ticket in return, or use the cash to take care of some business.
If nothing else, he earned a thank you message from the Yankees, something typically reserved for retiring or long-tenured players.
Thank you for everything, Big Toe! pic.twitter.com/l4cjkJRBiS— New York Yankees (@Yankees) November 28, 2018
It was a cool ride, Torreyes. We’ll probably see you at an Old-Timers’ Day.