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Rangers trade Isiah Kiner-Falefa for Mitch Garver on Twins

The first post-lockout trade of the baseball season was of particular interest to the Yankees.

The Rangers sent 26-year-old infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa — who had been a potential Yankees stopgap shortstop — and right-hander Ronny Henriquez to the Twins for catcher Mitch Garver on Saturday.

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The Texas Rangers traded Isiah Kiner-Falefa to the Twins on Saturday.
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According to The Post’s Joel Sherman, Kiner-Falefa was an interesting player for the Yankees. The four-year-old pro is highly regarded defensively but is an easy hitter — he posted a .670 OPS with eight homers in 677 plate appearances last season — and was possibly an option until shortstop one of the Yankees’ best prospects for the position would be considered ready.

Kiner-Falefa was available because Rangers brought in Corey Seager and Marcus Semien as a double-play combo.

The 31-year-old Garver, who has been Minnesota’s main catcher for the past four seasons, brings experience and a big hitter to the Rangers. He’s battled injuries, but the right-hander hit 13 home runs in just 243 plate appearances last season. Rangers also have Jonah Heim, who is either expendable or will share time at the position.

For the Yankees, who moved Gleyber Torres from shortstop to second base last season, Carlos Correa is the top free agent option, but also the most expensive. They could switch to Trevor Story if the former Rockies star doesn’t end up on a long-term deal somewhere else. Andrelton Simmons might have been an option, but the defensive whiz signed with the Cubs on Friday.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/12/rangers-trade-isiah-kiner-falefa-to-twins-for-mitch-garver/ Rangers trade Isiah Kiner-Falefa for Mitch Garver on Twins

JOE HERNANDEZ

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