Michael A. Taylor traded to Twins from Royals for 2 pitching prospects |  News, results, highlights, statistics and rumors

Michael A. Taylor traded to Twins from Royals for 2 pitching prospects | News, results, highlights, statistics and rumors

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Michael A. Taylor #2 of the Kansas City Royals in action against the New York Yankees during a game at Yankee Stadium on July 30, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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the minnesota twins acquired veteran outfielder Michael A. Taylor from the Kansas City Royals for lefty Evan Sisk and righty Steven Cruz on Monday.

ESPN Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel and MLB.com ann rogers initially reported details of the deal.

The move comes days after Minnesota landed starting pitcher Pablo Lopez in a deal that sent reigning American League batting champion Luis Arraez to the Miami Marlins.

Taylor made 124 appearances for Kansas City in 2022. He finished with a .254 average and a .313 on-base percentage. His 90 OPS+ was the second-highest of his career, according to Baseball Reference.

The 31-year-old brings some depth to the outfield. He has patrolled center field (692 games) for most of his career, but has lined up in left and right field on occasion.

As a fourth outfielder, Taylor is an improvement over Gilberto Celestino, who has a .222/.292/.300 slash line in his first two MLB seasons.

Brandon Warne @Brandon_Warne

Uh, you also might not realize that Michael A. Taylor was insanely good last year (3.2 bWAR/1.5 fWAR).

Defense is the calling card, but here there is also a bit of power and some speed.

In any case, it seems that there is not so much confidence in Gilberto Celestino

And having a proven backup for Byron Buxton is important if his injury misfortune drags into 2023.

Buxton’s raw talent has never been in doubt, and he has translated it into elite production over the past two seasons. As of 2021, he’s slugging .576 with 47 home runs and 15 stolen bases.

Unfortunately for the Twins, the 2022 All-Star has logged just 585 appearances in eight years since making his MLB debut in 2015. Last season alone, he battled hip and knee problems before arthroscopic surgery He ruled it out for good in September.

From Minnesota’s perspective, having Buxton on the field for 140-plus games would be great, but you have to set up contingencies.

Meanwhile, the Royals add to their farm system as they embark on a franchise-wide reboot. They have a new manager in Matt Quatraro, and this is the first offseason with JJ Picollo in charge after he replaced Dayton Moore as GM last September.

Taylor is the last year of his two-year, $9 million contract, so trading him for prospects was inevitable.

Kansas City did not get significant loot. Cruz finished the year ranked 28th on MLB.com’s list of the Twins’ top 30 prospects, with Sisk failing to make the cut. But the Royals are in a good position to give both of them an extended look this spring.

Taylor’s departure also opens the door for Nick Loftin, Kansas City’s No. 4 prospect in 2022, to earn an everyday role in the outfield.

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