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A couple of days after buying and selling one in every of their finest bats, the Twins are buying one in every of baseball’s finest defensive gamers.
The Kansas City Royals are buying and selling outfielder Michael A. Taylor to the Twins for a pair of minor-league pitchers, per multiple reports.
Taylor, who turns 32 in March, is coming off one in every of his higher seasons on the plate over his nine-year profession. He hit .254 with a .670 OPS to associate with 9 homers in 43 video games.
Taylor’s foremost promoting level, nonetheless, is his fielding. He was tied for probably the most outs above common (17) amongst all outfielders in 2021, serving to him win a Gold Glove. He has the ninth-most outs above common (34) amongst all outfielders over the previous 5 seasons.
Taylor is anticipated to be the Twins’ fourth outfielder behind Byron Buxton, Max Kepler and Joey Gallo. Minnesota has shaken up its lineup this offseason, signing Carlos Correa, Christian Vazquez and Gallo, and final week despatched 2022 AL batting champion Luis Arráez to the Marlins for beginning pitcher Pablo López.
The Royals will get 25-year-old lefty Evan Sisk and 23-year-old rightly Steven Cruz in trade for Taylor.
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