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TAMPA, Fla. — Kiner, Isiah- With the Minnesota Twins, Falefa thought he’d found a new home. He was traded to the New York Yankees along with former American League MVP Josh Donaldson and catcher Ben Rortvedt for catcher Gary Sanchez and infielder Gio Urshela less than 24 hours later.

Urshela had been named the Yankees’ starting shortstop earlier in the day by manager Aaron Boone. Urshela, a third baseman by natural inclination, had only started 41 games at shortstop in six major league seasons with Cleveland (2015, 2017), Toronto (2018), and the Yankees (2019). (2019-21).

Gary Sanchez Boone intimated that the Yankees might make some more moves

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“I’m sure there are still things around the game, and definitely with us, that may potentially impact that landscape along the way,” Boone said Sunday morning. “I know Cash [GM Brian Cashman] and the front office are reviewing and having those conversations right now, whether it’s free agents or trade markets. I know they’re looking for a location where it could help our club.”

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After Gleyber Torres’ botched transition from second base to third base, Kiner-Falefa fills one of the Yankees’ most pressing summer requirements. When it came to the two big-money free-agent shortstops on the market, Carlos Correa and Trevor Story, the Yankees were never willing to be players.

Kiner-Falefa also plays third base, and during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he won a Gold Glove there. In his first full season as the Rangers’ shortstop, Kiner-Falefa batted.271/.312/.357 with eight home runs and 53 RBIs. He led all big league shortstops in total chances (669), assists (436), and double plays converted with a.972 fielding percentage (98).

On the other hand, the Rangers signed free-agent shortstop Corey Seager to a 10-year, $325 million contract this offseason, which led to the trade of Kiner-Falefa to the Twins on Saturday.

Kiner-Falefa expressed his disappointment in being sold during a conference call with Minnesota reporters following the trade, stating Seager’s acquisition “certainly stung.”

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Kiner-Falefa told reporters, “The fact that they couldn’t make a position for me was incredibly terrible.” “It all worked out in the end with them accommodating me and trading me here, and I couldn’t be happier to be here.”

Following the deal, Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey lauded Kiner-defensive Falefa’s abilities, calling him a “Gold Glove-level defender.” Kiner-Falefa has also played 73 games as catcher in the major leagues, with a.996 fielding percentage.

Kiner-Falefa spoke to Twitter after the deal to New York was announced to show his excitement about donning the pinstripes.

“Always wanted to be like #2!!!,” he said, referring to Derek Jeter, the Hall of Fame shortstop. “Let’s go @Yankees,” says the narrator.

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Donaldson, 36, is a three-time All-Star, 2015 AL MVP, and two-time AL Silver Slugger Award winner with the Yankees. During his one-year tenure with the Atlanta Braves, Donaldson was also voted the 2019 National League Comeback Player of the Year.

Over 11 seasons in the big leagues, the third baseman had a slash line of.269/.367/.505 with Oakland (2010, ’12-14), Toronto (2015-18), Cleveland (2018), Atlanta (2019), and Minnesota (2020). (2020-21). In 135 games with the Twins last season, Donaldson hit.247 with 26 doubles, 26 home runs, and 72 RBIs.

Donaldson joins the Yankees after being one of Gerrit Cole’s harshest critics. Donaldson criticized Cole’s lower spin rate after MLB’s crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances.

The Yankees will take over the last two years of Donaldson’s deal, which is worth about $42 million.

The Yankees and Twins also swapped catchers, with Sanchez being traded for Rortvedt. Sanchez had become a liability at the bat, and he had to hand up starts to backup Kyle Higashioka, who had become Cole’s personal catcher. Sanchez had also been a ghost of his former self at the plate after a disastrous 2020 season in which he hit.147/.253/.365.

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Rortvedt, 24, debuted in the major leagues in 2021, batting.169/229/.281 in 39 games with three home runs and seven RBIs. After the 2019 season, Baseball America deemed Rortvedt the greatest defensive catcher in the Twins minor league system. He was drafted in the second round (56th overall) in the 2016 draft. When Rortvedt was with Minnesota, he worked with current Yankees catch coach Tanner Swanson.

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