Cubs trade for Yankees infielder


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Noah Murray - USA Today Sports
Noah Murray - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired infielder Ronald Torreyes from the New York Yankees for a player to be named or cash considerations. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

Torreyes, 26, is a career .281 hitter (162-for-576) with 30 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 56 RBI in 229 games covering parts of four major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2015) and Yankees (2016-18). Today marks a return to the Cubs organization for Torreyes, as he was originally acquired with pitcher Travis Wood and outfielder Dave Sappelt from the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Sean Marshall on December 23, 2011. Torreyes appeared in parts of two seasons in the Cubs minor league system, reaching Double-A Tennessee, before being acquired by Houston on July 2, 2013.

The versatile Torreyes has seen big league action at second base (92 games), third base (74 games), shortstop (60 games) and right field (three games). He made his big league debut with the Dodgers in 2015 and played in a career-high 108 games with the Yankees in 2017, when he batted .292 (92-for-315) with 15 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 36 RBI. Last season, Torreyes split most of the year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Yankees, batting .280 (28-for-100) in 41 games in the majors.

Torreyes originally signed with the Reds as a non-drafted free agent in 2010 and was traded to the Cubs a year later. He is a native of Libertador, Venezuela.

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