Twins reportedly acquire OF Michael A. Taylor in trade with Royals


The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals have actually accepted a trade that will send out center fielder Michael A. Taylor to the Twins, according to numerous reports. The return for the Twins is lefty reducer Evan Sisk and righty reducer Steven Cruz, according to

Taylor, 31, invested the last 2 seasons with the Royals after playing the very first 7 years of his profession with the Nationals. Though he when flashed a little guarantee with the bat (significantly 2017), there suffices performance history here to think he’s been obtained by the Twins simply for his protective chops. He struck .254/.313/.357 (90 OPS+) last season however published a 3.2 WAR on the strength of his defense. 

In truth, by Defensive Runs Saved, Taylor has actually ranked out as the very best outfielder in all of baseball given that the start of 2021. He gets excellent get on the ball, covers a lot of ground and can increase and get balls versus the wall with his 6-foot-4 frame. He even has a strong arm, ending up in the leading 5 of outfield helps in the AL each of the last 2 years. 

The Twins are set with Byron Buxton in center field, however he has an injury history. Taylor provides an appropriate replacement if that continues and otherwise functions as a 4th outfielder. 

As for K.C., they collect a set of high-strikeout reducers. Sisk, 25, had a 1.57 period and 1.02 WHIP with 76 strikeouts in 63 innings in between Double-A and Triple-A last season. Cruz, 23, had a 5.14 period and 1.59 WHIP with 72 strikeouts in 56 Double-A innings. 

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