Bernie Williams On Torres, Andujar: They've 'Shown They Can Play Now'

Yankee Great Wants Young Players To Be Given A Shot

Carlin, Maggie & Bart
July 12, 2018 - 4:48 pm
Gleyber Torres is congratulated by Miguel Andujar after hitting a three run home run. His first MLB home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium.

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With the All-Star break right around the corner, the Yankees will finish the first half of the season as one of the best teams in Major League Baseball.

Despite having the second-best win percentage in baseball, GM Brian Cashman has been making numerous calls to teams around the league in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. 

Yankees legend Bernie Williams called in to WFAN Thursday afternoon, saying the Bronx Bombers should think twice before acquiring someone that will block the path for some of the team's promising young players.

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"The team that we have right now has players that are ready to play right now in the big leagues," Williams told Carlin, Maggie, and Bart. "These are not players that are two or three years away. You're talking about guys like Gleyber Torres who's having a tremendous season and [Miguel> Andujar... All these guys have proven that they belong in the big leagues and they have their space to play and develop, and they're ready to play right now. They're having a great season...

"You have to give them the opportunity to go through that process. There's no way they can build experience if not by doing what they need to do in the course of the year and create that sort of experience and body of work..."

Torres is enjoying a phenominal rookie campaign. The 21-year-old owns a slash line of .294/.350/.555 with 15 home runs, 42 RBI, and 30 runs scored.

Torres was recently named to the American League's All-Star team, but will not participate in the festivities due to a minor hip injury.

Meanwhile, Andujar is batting .279 with 12 home runs, 39 RBI, 40 runs scored and a whopping 26 doubles. 

While the two young infielders have both put up impressive performances in their first extended period in the majors, the Yankees remain one of the favorites to land Baltimore Orioles superstar infielder Manny Machado.

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"I think adding another superstar to that lineup, there are things you have to consider," Williams said about New York trading for a player of Machado's caliber. "Chemistry, playing time, the fact that you might be giving away [playing time for> some of these tremendous players that may develop into great stars in their own in the future. But you never really know that. There's a lot of things you have to consider - other pieces you may want to put in, defense, pitching, just trying to get the team over the hump and finish strong in this late stretch of the season."

"If you're building for the future, you've got guys that have definitely shown that they can play now... I think getting another superstar into that lineup would make it a little unfair for everybody else, to tell you the truth. But there are other pieces that need to be added as well to help this team win down the stretch." 

The Yankees have been linked to a wide variety of players, ranging from Manny Machado and Jacob deGrom to Cole Hamels and Mike Moustakas.  

Regardless of the route Cashman decides to go, the Yankee great is just happy that he is not the one having to make these big decisions for the franchise.

"I'm just glad I'm not the one being paid to make all of these decisions," Williams joked. "But I think it's definitely a win-win for these guys. Obviously this team has a great lineup with a lot of power. I think for Aaron Boone, it's going to be a matter of managing playing time and trying to get everyone to buy in to his philosophy on winning baseball."