This one surprises me.
The Yankees and Twins make a deal.
Going to the Yankees: Josh Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ben Rortvedt.
Going to the Twins: Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela.
Donaldson is owed $21.75 million for the next two seasons, with an option for 2024 at $16 million and an $8 million buyout. He hit .247/.352/.475 with 26 home runs last year. The Yankees’ hair rules might be an issue for him.
Kiner-Falefa played short last year. He hit .271/.312/.357, but he has a pretty decent glove.
Rortvedt is a catcher. He’s 24 and hasn’t shown much of a bat in the minors. He played 39 games for the Twins last year, hitting .169/.229/.281.
Sanchez had a pretty crappy 2021 season, hitting .204/.307/.423 (though he hit 6 home runs against the Blue Jays, so I’m not unhappy to see him go). The Yankees never seemed to be happy with his defense.
Urshela had a rough time with the Blue Jays but had two excellent seasons with the Yankees and then didn’t do well last year, hitting .267/.301/.419. He has a pretty good glove at third.
I don’t see the trade helping either team, but I’ll hate seeing Donaldson in the Yankees jersey.
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