1. Not trading Gleyber Torres
Torres is another Yankee whose current production has him playing with a negative WAR. That trend probably won’t continue for the full season, but it’s fair for fans to wonder whether or not Torres will ever look like the superstar he seems to be back in 2019.
The reality that Boone has him bunting to move runners up in recent action illustrates just how much he’s struggling at the plate. He has more strikeouts (9) than hits (6) at the moment. His single home run doesn’t make up for that lack of contact.
As a reminder, Torres’ defense at second base is only adequate at best. DJ LeMahieu gives the Yankees a superior second baseman on the current roster. Trading Torres for an upgrade elsewhere and entrusting the everyday job to LeMahieu could have been a clever move by Cashman in the offseason.
Giving up on a 25-year-old who already has a 38 home run season under his belt is a tough decision, but it’s one Cashman should have explored. Dealing Torres before his value hit rock bottom might have given the Yankees an upgrade they desperately needed at a different position.