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Yankees send Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela to Twins in blockbuster trade

The Yankees have traded Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Josh Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and Ben Rortvedt, the team announced on Sunday night.

Donaldson, 36, hit 26 home runs for the Twins in 2021, posting an .827 OPS across 135 games. He is three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger winner and was the 2015 AL MVP.

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Kiner-Falefa, 26, spent just 24 hours as a Twin, as he was acquired from Texas Rangers on Saturday in exchange for C Mitch Garver. He won the 2020 American League Gold Glove Award at shortstop. Kiner-Falefa can play second base, third base and catcher as well.

Rortvedt, 24, played in just 39 games for the Twins in 2021. He recorded 15 hits with three home runs. Rortverdt hit .241 with 21 home runs across five seasons in the Twins minor-league system.

According to MLB Network’s Mark Feinsand, Donaldson’s 2024 option now becomes a mutual $6 million option rather than an $8 million club option because of the trade. He receives a $2 million assignment bonus now, as well. The Yankees will pick up Donaldson’s contract, which has two years and $42 million remaining, plus a $16 million mutual option for ’24 ($6 million buyout) for a total $50 million guaranteed. Kiner-Falefa is in his second of four arbitration years.

The Yankees are expected to make more moves as they are in the market for a left-handed hitting first baseman, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.