The Minnesota Twins are acquiring centerfielder Michael A. Taylor in a trade with the Kansas City Royals, sources tell me and @kileymcd.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 23, 2023
The Twins are in the process of acquiring outfielder Michael A Tayler from American League Central foe Kansas City Royals. The righty, who has played mostly center field in the majors, will provide stability in the outfield as a 1) non-left-handed bat and 2) as security in case Byron Buxton is injured (knock on wood) or needs to take a break from being in the field. The Florida native will enter his tenth major-league season, batting a career .241/.296/.318 (.677) with 281 RBI and 74 homers. He can also be a threat on the base paths when healthy. 2023 will be the second year of a two-year deal that he signed with the Royals, adding $4.5m to Minnesota’s payroll this season.
The Twins will send two minor-league relievers in return per Mark Feinsand of the MLB Network/MLB-dot-com. Southpaw Evan Sisk has spent four seasons in the minors, reaching as high as Triple-A St Paul last season. Between the Saints and the Double-A Wichita Wind Surge, he posted a 1.57 ERA with a 10.9 K/BB and a 1.016 WHIP. Righty Steven Cruz has spent his entire minor league career with Minnesota, posting a 4.07 ERA across 192.1 innings. His 2022 campaign was spent with Wichita, posting a 5.14 ERA in 56 innings. He had a high K/9 (11.6) but is bitten by walks (5.6 BB/9) and his WHIP (1.589).
UPDATE: The Twins formally announced the trade and have designated A. J. Alexy for assignment, making room on the 40-man roster for the new outfielder. Alexy was claimed by the Washington Nationals off of waivers from the Texas Rangers and then traded to the Minnesota Twins a couple weeks ago in exchange for righty Cristian Jimenez.
Welcome aboard, Michael A Taylor!