The Trades Begin! Rangers Sending Infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa to the Twins for Catcher Mitch Garver

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The Trades Begin! Rangers Sending Infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa to the Twins for Catcher Mitch Garver

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IT BEGINS, PART TWO. The first trade of the renewed offseason, and it’s a guy we’d previously wanted for the Cubs (but who probably became a non-target after the Andrelton Simmons signing (and/or the Cubs pivoted to Simmons when the price was too high)).

I’m talking about Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the exceptional infield defender who got squeezed out on the Rangers by their Corey Seager and Marcus Semien signings:

Kiner-Falefa is definitely a glove-first left-side-of-infield type, who is cost-controlled and isn’t a disaster with the bat. I wanted him for the Cubs when we went over the various options earlier this offseason. My guess is he cost a pretty nice return from the Twins, though I’m obviously going to immediately compare it to the Cubs’ decision to sign Simmons. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Wow, the deal is for catcher Mitch Garver. The 31-year-old catcher has a couple years of arbitration left, and raked in 2021 and 2019 when healthy. He’s missed a lot of time over the last few years, which is the knock, but he’s a plus-glove catcher who hits like crazy. This is a serious win-now addition for a Rangers club that is obviously trying to go whole hog on winning this year.

UPDATE 2: Sounds like the Twins are also getting an intriguing young pitching prospect in the deal, too, which makes sense:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.