MLB Rumors: Phillies release ex-Yankees utility

Ronald Torreyes is a free man. Still.

Athletic’s Matt Gelb reports “Infielder Ronald Torreyes requested and was granted his release from his Phillies minor league contract.”

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Torreyes had signed with Philadelphia in March, accepting a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, this was the third straight year “that Torreyes and the Phils have signed such a deal. … He’s never hit a ton, but he’s useful off the bench as he can provide quality defense in multiple positions and puts the ball in play.”

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Torreyes has a fan in Phillies manager Joe Girardi who dates back to their days together in the Bronx.

Torreyes began his MLB career in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but burst onto the scene with the New York Yankees from 2016 to 2018. Torreyes, 29, a super-sub off the bench who can play at second baseman, at shortstop and third baseman as well as the three outfield positions, played in 108 games in 2017, reaching a career high. 292.

Overall, he appeared in 221 regular season games with the Yankees and hit .281.

After the 2018 season, the Yankees traded Torreyes to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later or for cash.

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