BREAKING: Yankees trade C Gary Sanchez and 3B Gio Urshela to Minnesota Twins for 3B Josh Donaldson and SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa
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After a long lockout winter, the Yankees' hot stove is heating up... but not at all how all of us fans had hoped.
Instead of news of the arrival of one Carlos Correa or Freddie Freeman, late on Sunday night, a number of Yankees insiders announced a blockbuster trade in which Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who just arrived in Minnesota from Texas not 48 hours ago, would be heading to the Bronx from Minnesota.
BREAKING: The New York Yankees are finalizing a deal to acquire third baseman Josh Donaldson and shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa from Minnesota, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 14, 2022
Legit, not even 48 hours ago, as I remarked myself (file this one away under tweets that aged horribly):
— Mary Grace Donaldson (@TheRealGracieD) March 12, 2022
In exchange for IKF and Donaldson, the Yankees will be sending Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela to Minnesota. The Yankees, according to Jon Heyman, will absorb a monster paycheck along with Donaldson (and no, we're not related).
Yankees agreed to pay the remaining $50M on Donaldson deal, which allows Twins to pursue other players— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 14, 2022
Some of the implications of this trade include...
Who will catch?
Kyle Higashioka better get used to getting a lot more time. We know that Gary wasn't looking all that sharp behind the plate in recent memory, but Higgy isn't used to serving as a daily catcher (especially for pitchers who aren't named Gerrit Cole).
Oh, and the other 'good' news is a catcher named Ben Rortvedt from the Twins is also coming, but no one's ever heard of him since he only started 28 games in Minnesota in 2021 and didn't even get called up to the Show until then. But, hey, he seems like he has a great bat (insert eye-roll emoji here), one worthy of replacing Gary!
Rortvedt is a catcher who appeared in 39 games for the Twins last season, batting .169 with a .510 OPS. https://t.co/pm7sjU4MSh— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 14, 2022
Speaking of our Ace...
Wasn't it JUST last year that Gerrit Cole and Donaldson took an all-out feud on the field? How will that play out when they're sharing a clubhouse?
Per Joel Sherman, it could look like this (with the future in mind):
Consistency is STILL key
Kiner-Falefa was long a target of the #Yankees. See him as SS until Peraza or Volpe is ready. At this moment, NYY IF likely LeMahieu at 1b, Torres at 2b, Kiner-Falefa at SS, Donaldson at 3b.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 14, 2022
Gio was arguably the most consistent all-around player in 2021, what with his gravity-defying catches at 3B as well as the fact that he didn't always hit for power. To go back to 2020, who could forget this moment: