The San Diego Padres, still seeking their shortstop of the future, and are said to have asked the New York Yankees about top prospect Gleyber Torres.
The Yankees could have interest in some Padres relievers – Brad Hand would make the most sense – but there is absolutely no evidence they’d have any interest in trading Torres. They would surely trade lesser prospects for Hand but Torres is considered a potential perennial All-Star, so he isn’t going anywhere. The Padres have been looking for a long-term shortstop for a couple years.
Padres GM A.J. Preller didn’t return a text, and Yankees GM Brian Cashman declined comment specifically on Torres, saying only that “teams are interested in a lot of our prospects.”
Yangervis Solarte, the ex-Yankee, also might be a terrific fit for the Yankees with Starlin Castro out at the moment and Chase Headley, the man he was traded for, up and down. The Yankees liked Solarte when they had him, and he’s developed into a nice starter in San Diego.
Torres, who is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL suffered in a slide at home plate in Triple-A, was hitting .309 in 23 games in Triple-A after being promoted following 32 games this season in Double-A. He had 7 home runs on the year between the two levels to go along with a .383 on-base percentage. His on-base percentage in Triple-A was .406.
Torres was acquired from the Chicago Cubs in the deal that sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago. The Yankees also received Adam Warren, Billy McKinney and another prospect in the deal. The Cubs received Chapman, who helped lead them to a World Series.
Hand, one of the best relievers on the market, has a 2.59 ERA in 41.2 innings. Solarte is currently on the DL, but he was hitting .268 with 10 homers.