December 3, 2023


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Yankees Acquire Josh Donaldson and Isaiah Keener Valiva from Twins of Gary Sanchez and Jio Urcella

Yankees Acquire Josh Donaldson and Isaiah Keener Valiva from Twins of Gary Sanchez and Jio Urcella

The Yankees and Twins have swung into a huge deal that you’ll see Josh Donaldson And the Isaiah Keener Valiva Head to the Bronx, ESPN’s Jeff Bassan reports (Twitter link). catcher Ben Rortvedt He’s also part of the Yankees’ comeback, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). catcher Gary Sanchez and player Jiu Orchila They go to Minnesota, according to MLB Network’s John Heyman (Twitter link).

Despite this, Donaldson owes $50 million on his remaining contract Mark Vinsand Reports that the Yankees are absorbing the entire salary. Donaldson has a five-team no-deal clause, although it is not known if the Yankees are one of the five clubs on his list, or whether he has waived his clause to fly to New York. The Yankees will pay a $2 million hiring bonus due to the trade, and if transferred, Donaldson’s $16 million club option for 2024 now becomes a mutual option with a $6 million buyout, rather than an $8 million buyout.

This giant deal brought a change in the roster of both teams, and Keener Valiva’s tenure in Minnesota is ending after just a day. The Twins only acquired Kiner-Falefa from Rangers for Mitch Garver on Saturday, but now the former Gold Glover has been overturned in much more than a deal that sees the twins transfer a large salary from their books. Another reversal may be imminent, like USA Today’s Bob Nightingale Tweets Minnesota is not interested in keeping Sanchez.

After a winter of speculation about how the Yankees would treat their land, the Bronx Bombers have now installed Donaldson as their daily third baseman and Kiner-Falefa as their new short stand. (New York was linked to IKF earlier this winter, so the team finally landed him even after their short layover in Minnesota.) DJ LeMahieu may float between first and second base, sharing time with Gleyber Torres at Keystone and Luke Voit at first stationed. The DH spot is also a possibility to award rackets to players, depending on how much time Giancarlo Stanton can handle.

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