The Reds and Twins agreed on Friday evening to send a player Kyle Farmer From Cincinnati to Minnesota. The Reds landed on the right hand Casey vegetables in contrast. Farmer is eligible for arbitration in the second year and is expected to make $5.9 million, according to predictions by MLBTR contributor Matt Schwartz.
Farmer, 32, had a solid, though unspectacular, season with the Reds, batting 0.25/.315/.386 with 14 home runs. That was good for a WRC+ 90, or 10 percent worse than the league average. He split time between shortstop (98 games) and third base (36 games), and had better grades at third as he was worth two Outs above average, for -3 at shortstop.
Originally drafted as a catcher in the eighth round of the 2013 draft by the Dodgers, Farmer debuted in 2017 with Los Angeles. He would go on to appear in 97 games over the next two seasons, working mostly at catcher and third base, before going to the Reds as part of a blockbuster deal involving Matt KempAnd the Yasiel Puig And the Alex Wood.
The Reds used him in 15 games at catcher in 2019, but he mostly bounced around outfield positions and ended up being his last time behind the plate. He spent the next two seasons as a utility player before winning his first shortstop job of 2021. While he delivered a line. Defense, six outs earned above average.
Although Farmer’s numbers never really stood out, overall he was a good contributor and had a deserved 3.3 fWAR across 292 games over the past two seasons. He could be controlled by arbitration for two more seasons, so he won’t reach free agency until after the 2024 campaign.
It is the second major trade of the day for the Twins, after they were shipped out Geo Orchila His expected salary is $9.2 million. Urshela was more valuable to the Twins last year (2.4 fWAR), but Farmer offers a savings of about $3 million, and more positioning flexibility. It’s entirely possible that Farmer could return to a benefit role in Minnesota. With Urshela out the door, the twins can go Joseph Miranda And the Louis Araz in the corners with Jorge Polanco per second. That could mean either Farmer or an external addition at short notice, but regardless, Farmer’s arrival gives them more flexibility there.
Legumina started 2022 at High-A but spent most of the season at Double-A. He’s struggled as a starter, making 16 starts this year with a 5.23 ERA, striking 8.5 strikeouts in nine innings pitched. As a result of his struggles, the twins transferred him to the bulls and he stood out immediately. There, the 25-year-old threw 22 1/3 innings of 3.57 ERA, with his strikeouts rising to 12.7 per nine innings. Legumina has a four-court combination, combining a mid-’90s fastball with a slider, change-up, and bendball.
The 2019 eighth-round draft pick was added to the Twins’ 40-man roster a few days before the Rule 5 draft protection deadline, so he’ll take a spot on the Reds’ 40-man squad moving forward as well.
Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes from The Athletic It first reported that the Reds and Twins were in agreement on a trade that would send Farmer to Minnesota. Jim Trent Rosecrans Athlete He was the first to report that Cincinnati would get Legumina in return.
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