Juan Soto’s best friend on Yankees could complicate free agency

New York Yankees teammates Juan Soto and Gleyber Torres already get along famously, according to an in-depth new profile that shows how seamlessly Soto has managed to fit into a well-formed clubhouse in a matter of weeks.

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Only problem? Torres, like Soto, is a free agent after this season. Baseball’s a business. Sure. We get it. But if the Yankees weren’t already game-planning to sign Torres long-term (and we don’t think they will), then they’d better start at least entertaining it.

Juan Soto's best friend on Yankees could complicate free agency

That calculus changed this offseason long before Soto’s new friendship was unveiled; Oswald Peraza was supposed to have established himself as a potential future piece by now. Instead, he’s on the shelf to begin the season — a season where he seemed likely to be relegated to the bench (and to purgatory) anyway. Pieces like Roderick Arias and George Lombard Jr. are still coming from the low minors, but neither player is close enough to bank on for 2025. Torres still has an opportunity to sell himself — and become a “Yankee for life,” a desire he stated this offseason — before 2024 wraps.

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Pairing himself to Soto is a pretty helpful way to relaunch that campaign.

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