On the day the Yankees answered to spring preparing in March, not long after the lockout was lifted, Aaron Boone selected Gio Urshela as his beginning shortstop while Gary Sanchez’s hang on the catcher work felt shaky.
Before that day’s over, the two players were gone from the association.
On Tuesday in Minnesota, the Yankees will see Sanchez and Urshela interestingly since exchanging them to the Twins a late-night blockbuster that brought back Josh Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ben Rortvedt.
“Perhaps a ton of adrenaline that day [Tuesday],”
Sanchez informed columnists over the course of the end of the week concerning the feelings of playing his previous group.
“And yet, [I’m] eager to emerge with my new group. I’m likewise eager to see old partners and companions.”
Precisely 33% of the manner in which through the season, the arrangement has been a strong one for the Yankees, who have the best record (39-15) in baseball on the rear of serious areas of strength for them throwing, further developed protection (thanks to some extent to the exchange) and an offense that has returned to slugging the ball.
However Rortvedt presently can’t seem to play a game due to wounds, Kiner-Falefa and Donaldson have to a great extent come as publicized.
Kiner-Falefa, who was just momentarily with the Twins after they gained him from the Rangers, has cemented shortstop protectively for the Yankees while adding physicality and a contact-situated hostile methodology that the Yankees had been missing. In 50 games, Kiner-Falefa was batting .274 with a 90 OPS-in addition to (100 being normal), eight takes and a 0.9 Wins Above Replacement (bWAR, per Baseball Reference).
Ex-Yankee Gary Sanchez is presently working hard ‘playing for Twins
Donaldson, in the mean time, has hit .229 with a 114 OPS-in addition to and 1.4 bWAR, as well as updating the Yankees’ guard at third base. He has likewise brought an edge, no matter what, however it ended up being the last option last month when he was suspended one game (he is as yet engaging) for referring to White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson as “Jackie” on different occasions and prompting a seats clearing fight.
While Donaldson said he thought it was a long-running joke among him and Anderson, colleague Aaron Judge and chief Aaron Boone both portrayed the remark as foolish.
Not long after the episode, the 36-year-old Donaldson arrived on the COVID-19 IL and afterward on the 10-day IL with shoulder irritation, however he got back to activity on Friday and hit a game-dominating fielder’s choice on Sunday.
“I’m happy about where I’m at and my body’s at,”
here I’m at and Donaldson said Sunday.
“I’m happy we’re dominating baseball matches. … I lived it up [with the Twins]. They’re having achievement and I’m glad for them. … I wish them only awesome, only not against us.”
The Twins are also in first place in their division, entering Tuesday with a record of 32-24. Trading Donaldson and the $50 million left on his contract to the Yankees allowed them to sign star shortstop Carlos Correa, who owns a 1.1 bWAR but could miss some or all of the Yankees series while on the COVID IL.
Sanchez and Urshela, meanwhile, have each provided 0.6 bWAR with matching OPS-pluses of 114.
The streaky Sanchez started the season slow but in 22 games since May 13 is batting .263 with six home runs and a .869 OPS. He is not the Twins’ primary catcher, instead mixing in a heavy dose of DH, but his work behind the plate has seemingly improved. He entered Monday with zero Catcher Framing Runs (per Baseball Savant) — an improvement from -6 in 2021 and the same as Kyle Higashioka this season — along with three passed balls in 23 games.
Urshela has also played better of late, batting .359 with a .951 OPS over his last 15 games. His defense has been subpar, though, with his -5 Outs Above Average (per Baseball Savant) tied for 35th out of 39 qualified third basemen. Donaldson ranked sixth with two OAA.