The Phillies have signed infielder Ronald Torreyes to a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic. That makes this three years in a row that Torreyes and the Phils have signed such a deal.
Torreyes, 29, is a veteran of seven seasons, also spending time with the Dodgers, Yankees and Twins. He’s never hit a ton, but is useful off the bench as he can provide quality defense at multiple positions and puts the ball in play.
In 352 career games, Torreyes a slash line of .265/.299/.361, wRC+ of 76. His career strikeout rate of 12.6% is just barely over half the usual league average. (Average was 23.2% last year.) He only played four games for the Phils in 2020 but got into 112 games last year, hitting .242/.286/.346, for a wRC+ of 68. Defensively, he saw significant time at third base, shortstop and second base, as well as a brief appearance in center field and he even logged 2 2/3 innings of mop-up duty on the mound.
Cracking the big league roster for a third year in a row might be a challenge for Torreyes. The club projects to start the season with Jean Segura at second, Didi Gregorius at short and Alec Bohm at third. Johan Camargo was signed prior to the lockout to serve the bench/utility role, and the 40-man roster also features optionable infielders such as Luke Williams and Nick Maton.
I really liked him last season. As a Phillie fan in 2021 he turned me into a fan of his. A handful of times he came up with a huge hit, or a nice defensive play. I was wondering why DD didn’t give him a deal so far this off-season.
I loved Toe on the Yankees, he was good in the clubhouse and always seemed to be at the right place at the right time with the timely hit or flashy play = )
Gardner must be next. C’mon Girardi! Are you afraid you’ll lose the title of largest forearms on the club?! GGBG to Philly! Do it!
I pray the Phillies do it so the Yankees won’t bring him back lol. I love hardy but it’s time to move on from him
God no. He is horrid and a jerk.
A Girardi favorite. That goes a long way toward making the team.
I LOVED this guy with the Yankees !! Judge always used to lift him up and stuff lmao. Good energy and quite the spunky player to have off the bench
I remember Sweeny Murti commenting how funny it was that Yankees fans were mad that Torreyes was let go and just as mad they traded for Giancarlo Stanton.
I remember that !!! I would love spunky Tory back here
Girardi just can’t let go. I hope the Phillies sign Kevin Pillar for some defensive depth.
I’m with you bro. I think the Phillies absolutely need Pillar for his defense in center.
VonPurpleHayes- I agree with you. The Phillies are over luxury tax why not sign Kevin Pillar to play center field. I know that the Phillies signed Herrera and they have the rookie, but Pillar is a more proven player. Also, the Phillies should take a look at the remaining free agents and maybe sign one or two more relievers.
Was a fan of his when he was on the Yankees. Hope his career pans out
still wondering why Camargo is getting 1.3. Feel like Muñoz or Toe can provide more for less.
Little Toe is back in Philadelphia. Good luck
Yea. That signing was a bit of a head scratcher.
I was kinda hoping Miami would have signed him and let Berti go.
The guy is like a zombie. His hopes are long dead, but the career just won’t die.
huh? he was fine when they managed his role last year.
Yep. 30 year old +/- replacement level players make the world go round.
A poor man’s Ehire Adrianza, which is no bad thing. I enjoyed having both as a Twins fan
The Phils are not done. Penalty for 10 million over the cap, 15 million over, Pennies. DD looking for trash/treasure moves in early April. Saving a few bucks for late July. Feeling really optimistic for this team for the first time in about five years.
I will be forever grateful for the spark and energy that Carlos ‘Chooch’ Ruiz brought to the Phillies. For some reason, I get the same good feeling about Ronald Torreyes, not performance wise, but just having him around. Joe Girardi sees something special also. Call me crazy but I am enjoying feeling good about the 2022 Phillies!!