Yankees’ Gleyber Torres on His Future: “I Want to Be a Yankee for Life”

New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres in May 2019. Photo by Richard Ulreich/CSM/Shutterstock (10248351t)

The New York Yankees All-Star Gleyber Torres is entering the final year of his contract in 2024. But Torres doesn’t seem to be thinking about the possibilities that wait for him in free agency. Instead, he is hoping to be able to prolong his stay in New York past this upcoming season.

While speaking with reporters during spring training earlier this week, Torres made it clear that he sees his long-term future with the franchise.

“I don’t want to leave,” Torres said. “I want to be a Yankee for life.”

Torres confirmed that the Yankees are yet to engage in contract negotiations with his representatives. He added that he understands why that hasn’t been the case so far, referring to previous instances in which the team signed players to long-term extensions ahead of time only for them to underperform.

“We know what’s happened in the past, and I don’t blame them. That’s the business,” Torres added. “So if I [have] a really good year and put [up] really good numbers, I think we can get a conversation for sure.”

Gleyber Torres spent all of his seven years in MLB with the Yankees, playing both shortstop and second baseman. He earned All-Star nods in his first two years in the majors but hasn’t been on the same level since, experiencing frequent dips in form.

However, the 2023 campaign was a promising one for Torres, as he appeared in a career-high 158 games and had a .273 batting average with 25 homers and 68 RBIs.