NEW YORK — As the YES Network’s Jack Curry first reported, the Yankees did talk about potential deals that would have involved second baseman Gleyber Torres, who is in the middle of a resurgent season.
According to a person with knowledge of the Yankees’ personnel decisions, the Yankees entertained Torres’ name being brought up in high-level talks.
The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said that Torres was brought up when the Yankees were talking to the Nationals in the early stages of a possible Juan Soto trade. But the Yankees were never truly convinced that they could offer a package that would nab the 23-year-old superstar, and they believed they were on the outside looking in well before Washington sent Soto to the Padres on Tuesday afternoon.
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Torres’ name also came up when the Yankees talked to the Brewers about elite reliever Josh Hader, the person added. Hader also ended up traded to the Padres.
With much of the Yankees’ heavy lifting finished following Monday afternoon’s trio of trades, headlined by the acquisition of the Athletics’ Frankie Montas, the Yankees went abstract in the night and during Tuesday. They didn’t just look to dump Joey Gallo (traded to the Dodgers), they also tried to move Triple-A utility man Miguel Andujar but felt like they didn’t find any serious suitors.
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They also considered ways to move the salaries tied to Aaron Hicks (reminder of $10.5 million this year, $30 million over next three years) and Josh Donaldson (remainder of $25 million this year and $25 million next year) but never had any traction.
Few teams showed interest in former top prospect Estevan Florial, who has put up the best numbers of his career at Triple-A this season (.292 BA, 14 HR, .882 OPS). The 24-year-old will be out of minor-league options next season.
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