New York Yankees send Sanchez and Urshela to the Twins for Donaldson and Kiner-Falefa

 | March 15, 2022

The Twins pulled a quick turnaround and sent Isiah Kiner-Falefa to the Yankees after just picking him up

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In the span of 24 hours, Kiner-Falefa went from being a Minnesota Twin to a New York Yankee. Kiner-Falefa was set to New York along with former American League MVP Josh Donaldson and catcher Ben Rortvedt. In exchange, the Twins received catcher Gary Sanchez and infielder Gio Urshela.

This was a shocking move considering Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced Urshela would be playing as the starting shortstop. Urshela had only started 41 games in his career at shortstop, his natural position in third base.

Boone believes that more moves are on the way from New York, "I'm sure there are still things to be done across the game, and certainly with us, that are going to change that landscape potentially along the way," Boone stated.

Adding Kiner-Falefa will help the Yankees fill a spot in the infield. Kiner-Falefa has been a successful shortstop and won a Golden Glove as a third baseman. In his first full season as a Texas Ranger, Kiner-Falefa batted .271/.312/.357 with eight home runs and 53 RBIs.

He remains as one of the premier shortstops in Major League Baseball. He posted a .972 fielding percentage at the position, led big league shortstops in total chances (669), assists (436), and double plays turned (98).

It would seem that Kiner-Falefa is definitely happy with the trade from the Twins to the Yankees. He took to Twitter after finding out and posted, "Always wanted to be like #2!!!," a reference to New York Yankees great Derek Jeter.

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Ricky Gray

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