Two days later they non-tendered him. The possibility existed that they could sign him back to a minor-league deal.
Except that possibility no longer exists:
The Twins, who appear to be on the verge of signing Jonathan Schoop, announced that they have signed Ronald Torreyes to a one-year contract.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 6, 2018
And here’s how much he will be making:
ronald torreyes signs deal with twins. 800K if in majors.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2018
So... now I really don’t understand the purpose of the deal at all. If they knew they were just going to let him go two days later, why trade for Torreyes in the first place?
Also, now the Cubs really are going to have to look for some kind of backup shortstop, because:
Baez to continue to handle bulk of SS duties while Russell suspended— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) December 6, 2018
You can’t expect Javier Baez to play for the entire month of April without a backup, and currently the Cubs have no one on the 40-man roster who can back up shortstop. I suppose Chesny Young, or someone like him, might wind up coming north with the Cubs out of spring training, but that’s just speculation.
I would think the Cubs would be scanning the waiver wire for a defense-minded middle infielder who can play shortstop, to give a minor-league deal and a NRI to spring training. Who that would be, I have no idea at this time.
And the short tenure of Torreyes in a Cubs... well, not even uniform, because I’m guessing they never ever got his sizes... roster spot will likely forever remain a mystery.