Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals Swing Trade For Gold Glover

 The Minnesota Twins are obviously making contingency plans for the oft-injured Byron Buxton. They continued their offseason makeover with a trade from a division rival to acquire a premium center fielder. 

The Twins have acquired Gold Glove center fielder Michael A. Taylor from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitching prospects LHP Evan Sisk and RHP Steven Cruz.

Taylor had the best defensive metrics in center field for the past two seasons, and won a Gold Glove in 2021. The move likely means that another Gold Glove level center fielder, Buxton, could be spending some time at DH or another less challenging position like first base, to hopefully save him from injury.

Buxton has missed huge swaths of his career on the injured list with a variety of injuries, and this gives the Twins some insurance at a crucial defensive position.

For the Royals, Sisk is a 25-year-old lefty with phenomenal swing-and-miss minor league numbers.

He strikes out 10.2 batters per nine out of the bullpen, with a 2.69 ERA over his four minor league seasons.  

Cruz is a 6-foot-7 right-hander with a triple-digit fastball.

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