MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Twins Acquire Buddy Kyle Farmer out of Cincinnati on Friday night in a trade that sent minor league right-hander Casey Legumin to the Reds.
Farmer gives the Twins midfield flexibility whether or not they strike a new deal this winter with the free agent shortstop. Carlos Correa. Farmer, 32, batted .255 with 14 home runs and 78 RBIs in 526 games for the Reds in 2022, his second season as a regular with the roster. He started 98 games as a shortstop, 36 at third base, and 10 as the designated hitter.
Twins traded third baseman Gio Urshela to the Los Angeles Angels earlier on Friday for minor league right-hander Alejandro Hidalgo.
Jorge Polanco established himself as a second baseman and Luis Arraes as well as Joseph Miranda are on track to take over the infield corner spots, but if Correa doesn’t come back, the Twins will need a regular shortstop.
Valuable perspective Royce Lewis is recovering from another ACL tear and likely won’t be ready for action until midseason. Nick Gordon is the only other natural shortstop on the list, but his biggest asset to Gemini is his versatility. Gordon started 78 games in the outfield last year, 29 at second base and seven at shortstop.
Farmer made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. He is eligible for salary arbitration.
Legumina was selected by the Twins in the 2019 eighth round draft pick from Gonzaga University. He has a 4.25 ERA in 135 2/3 innings in two minor league seasons, with 25 starts in 48 games. Legumina ended 2022 with Double-A Wichita.
The Twins also offered contracts to the remaining seven eligible players: Arraez, a left-hander. Caleb Tilbarright-handed pitchers Jorge Alcala, Jorge Lopez as well as Emily Paganand right hand starters Tyler Male as well as Chris Paddack. outfielder Kyle Garlick avoided arbitration earlier this month by signing a one-year, $750,000 contract.
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