LA Dodgers Complete Trade With Minnesota Twins

 Just three months after being acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and just days after having his team photo pictures taken, outfielder Manuel Margot is on the move once again, being shipped, along with $6 million, to the Minnesota Twins in return for a prospect.

The Dodgers get the Twins' No. 24 prospect, infielder Noah Miller. He was a second-round pick in the 2021 Draft. 

For the Twins, this smacks of Byron Buxton insurance, as Margot can step in to play center field when Buxton is on the injured list. Buxton has played more than 90 games only once in the past six seasons due to an ongoing slew of injuries. 

He spent the entire 2023 season at DH, but the plan is for him to go back to center field this season. That's where the Margot insurance will certainly come in handy for the Twins.

The right-handed hitting Margo will also provide a nice platoon option from that side of the plate as he has slashed .281/.341/.420 for his career against lefties. He's also stolen 91 career bases, though hasn't been in double figures for the past couple of seasons.

The 29-year-old is entering the final year of his contract, and the Twins will take on just $4 million of the $10 million owed to Margot this season and they also won't be responsible for the $2 million buyout of his 2025 team option (which is for $12M, highly unlikely to be picked up).

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