At some point, I might as well keep a template for acquiring and designating Ronald Torreyes. for the second time this winter alone, the Yankees have acquired Ronald Torreyes, who has been designated, signed, designated and signed again. In return, the Yankees designated Lane Adams, who had previously been designated by Kansas City earlier this winter.
New York found a way to solve the Land Adams issue of having nine outfielders on its 40 man roster with the obvious solution of…Getting rid of Lane Adams. And it addresses a minor issue of infield depth by adding Torreyes back, who primarily plays second base and can be insurance for Rob Refsnyder who is insurance for Starlin Castro. It’s important to note Torreyes is probably the solution for a Didi Gregorius injury as well and immediately becomes in the mix should Chase Headley go down at third if the Yankees want to maintain Dustin Ackley’s flexibility.
So the logic is kind of there to have a MLB caliber, 23-year-old who can play three infield positions on the roster. When this all started, Torreyes had enjoyed his first eight major league at bats with the Dodgers at the end of last season, going 2 for 6 with a double.
It is not immediately obvious if this was a completely separate transaction from Greg Bird’s torn labrum injury on Monday or if the Yankees are molding the 40 man roster in any way to prepare for a responsive move. For now at least, it seems like the Yankees are simply trying to balance its roster close enough to spring training to potentially sneak someone like Adams through so they can keep both players and keep the more likely one for a call up on the 40-man roster.
The rest of Baseball has 10 days to make a claim on Adams or he will be out-righted most likely to AAA Scranton removed from the 40-man roster.