The Yankees possess a glut of touted infield prospects, potentially setting up a scenario where they could unload a veteran or two to clear the way for the youngsters.
Indeed, earlier this month, MLB Network insider Jon Morosi reported that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was "listening and engaging" with other clubs regarding possible trades.
And now, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the retooling Seattle Mariners have expressed interest in veteran second baseman Gleyber Torres.
The Sherman report comes as little surprise as the Yankees plot out their roster for 2023.
Torres, still only 25, enjoyed a modest bounce-back campaign in 2022, following disappointing showings in 2020 and '21.
Still, it may not have been enough for the Yankees to consider him a long-term solution in the infield, particularly with prized prospect Anthony Volpe waiting in the wings -- as well as Oswaldo Cabrera and Oswald Peraza.
Seattle, meanwhile, appears to be prioritizing adding some pop to their lineup. Earlier this week, the M's struck a deal to acquire outfielder/DH Teoscar Hernandez from the Blue Jays.
Sherman speculates that the Yankees could target relief pitchers in a potential Torres deal with Seattle. Last season, the Mariners boasted a deep bullpen led by Paul Sewald, Diego Castillo, Andres Munoz, Penn Murfee and others.
Torres is under team control for two more seasons before potentially hitting free agency. This offseason marks his second year of arbitration eligibility. He was paid $6.25M in 2022.