The New York Yankees grabbed some headlines over the weekend when they acquired Josh Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and Ben Rortvedt from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Gio Urshela and Gary Sanchez.
Kiner-Falefa in particular, had quite a wild weekend.
He obviously began the weekend still in a Texas Rangers uniform but was shipped off to Minnesota in exchange for Mitch Garver on Saturday.
Just over 24 hours later, Kiner-Falefa found himself heading to New York in a blockbuster deal between the Yankees and Twins, and now figures to be a solid utility infield piece for the team entering the 2022 season.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s last 72 hours:
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A Wild Ride
What a crazy weekend for Kiner-Falefa to say the least.
To be traded twice in the span of a few days is something that rarely happens for any player, and Kiner-Falefa just experienced it, being a part of three different organizations in just one weekend.
He had been told on Friday that he would be the Rangers everyday third baseman in 2022, but that obviously did not come to pass, as he was sent to the Twins in the Garver deal.
Now, Kiner-Falefa finds himself with the Yankees.
Calling this past weekend a whirlwind for him would be an understatement.
Last year for the Rangers, Kiner-Falefa hit for a .271 batting average while popping eight home runs and driving in 53 runs.
With Donaldson, Gleyber Torres, and D.J. LeMahieu in the same infield and the Yankees appearing to be zeroing in on re-signing Anthony Rizzo, Kiner-Falefa likely will fit in a super utility role for the Yanks.
The Yankees now look like a solid contender for an AL East title.