FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins made a splash Saturday afternoon, buying and selling catcher Mitch Garver to Texas for shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa. They made a wave Sunday afternoon, buying two-time all-star Sonny Grey for first-round decide Chase Petty.
That was nothing in comparison with the tsunami they created Sunday night time.
President of baseball operations Derek Falvey, basic supervisor Thad Levine and Co. pulled off a mega-deal late Sunday night time, transport third baseman Josh Donaldson, newly-acquired Kiner-Falefa and catcher Ben Rortvedt to the New York Yankees for infielder Gio Urshela and catcher Gary Sánchez.
In doing so, the Twins’ reportedly cleared off the books Donaldson’s full contract — it was the biggest the Twins had doled out to a free agent in workforce historical past. Donaldson was due a remaining $50 million over the lifetime of the contract, which spanned two extra seasons and included an possibility.
The strikes trace towards additional motion because the Twins are nonetheless in want of rotation upgrades, bullpen assist and can now must kind out the left facet of their infield. For now, all of the wheeling and dealing, which once more appears removed from full in the intervening time, leaves the Twins with loads to kind out within the coming days and weeks.
Donaldson, a former most beneficial participant, introduced a veteran presence to the clubhouse, thump to the lineup and an edge to the sphere. He now heads to New York, the place he will likely be teammates with ace Gerrit Cole, who he very publicly intimated final season had been utilizing sticky substances to physician baseballs. In two seasons with the Twins, Donaldson slashed .244/.355/.474 with 32 dwelling runs, whereas additionally coping with quite a few leg accidents that stored him off the sphere at occasions.
Kiner-Falefa, only a day earlier, had talked about his pleasure to be becoming a member of a workforce that needed him. Falvey, shortly earlier than that, had stated Kiner-Falefa had been a participant the Twins had focused previous to the lockout.
His stint with the Twins lasted lower than 48 hours.
The Twins now have a gap at shortstop after buying and selling Kiner-Falefa that have to be addressed. A lot of the biggest free-agent shortstop class to exist is now off the market, however Carlos Correa, the prize of the category, and Trevor Story nonetheless stay, and the Twins now have loads of payroll flexibility ought to they select to deal with the place by means of free company.
Urshela, 30, primarily a 3rd baseman, hit .267 with a .720 OPS final season for the Yankees, although Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone had not too long ago proclaimed him the workforce’s shortstop in the interim. The Twins even have Luis Arraez and Jose Miranda, who had a breakout season at Double and Triple-A final season, within the combine.
Sánchez, 29, is anticipated to pair with Ryan Jeffers to type the Twins’ catching tandem after the Twins traded away two catchers in as many days.
The 2-time all-star slashed .204/.307/423 final yr with 23 dwelling runs in 117 video games for the Yankees. After buying and selling Garver, Falvey indicated the Twins can be trying so as to add extra catching depth. In Rortvedt, 23, the Twins traded away a younger, defensive-minded catcher who had debuted simply final yr.
After a 99-day lockout throughout which transactions have been frozen, the Twins are greater than making up for misplaced time. Count on extra to come back.