My “Toe” Hurts

Ronald Torreyes is a nice story. He is a scrappy player who plays like every minute might be his last. Unfortunately, that has led to the conclusion in the media that he is a good player, and that simply isn’t the case.

I don’t like writing this post. Torreyes is a guy who we should all root for- someone who has overcome the odds and succeeded. But, turning a blind eye to his limitations does no one any favors. Let’s look at some facts.

Entering tonight, Torreyes was hitting .287/.305/.374 in 242 AB’s. Last year he hit .258/.305/.370 in 168 AB’s, so about the same. That’s perfectly acceptable from a backup infielder, but it isn’t acceptable from a regular player. That’s the thing that the pundits ignore. He is a great role player, but he isn’t a starter.

The problem currently is that the Yankees are ignoring that too. But, I suspect they might not if they had options. The 40-man roster has only four guys who can play the middle infield on it-Castro, Didi, Torreyes, and Wade. Castro is hurt and Wade is 6-for-47 in his career so far. Barring a trade, Torreyes is the best option.
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Based on reports tonight, the Yankees missed a great chance at a trade. Jay Bruce went to Cleveland for a small prospect because Cleveland agreed to pay his entire remaining salary ($4-million or so). The Yankees apparenly offered more than that prospect-wise, but wanted the Mets to take on some of the salary.

I really hope the reports are wrong. Bruce would have been a huge boost to the lineup and $4-million seems a small price to pay for a guy with 29 homers this year. Matt Holliday has collapsed since his virus, and is now on the DL, so Bruce could have been a great fit.

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One final note. When Clint Frazier had to be removed from the lineup right before game time, it exposed the Yankee roster. They currently only have 12 hitters active. With Frazier unavailable, the bench tonight was Romine and Wade. Wade can play a lot of positions, but that isn’t enough depth. I hope they bring up another hitter soon.