Twins trade Garver to Rangers for shortstop
The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa and minor league right-handed pitcher Ronny Henriquez from the Texas Rangers in exchange for catcher Mitch Garver.
Kiner-Falefa batted .271 (172 for 635) with 25 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 53 RBI, 74 runs scored, 28 walks, .312 on-base percentage and .670 OPS in 158 games for the Rangers. last season. He led Texas in games played, hits, triples (tied), stolen bases (20), multi-hit games (44) and over-three hits (16) in as the club’s primary shortstop and finished with career highs in multiple offenses. categories including home runs, RBI and stolen bases. He also had the highest batting average among the Rangers playoffs, while leading Major League Baseball with 136 singles.
The 5’11”, 190-pound infielder appeared in 392 career major league games, all with the Rangers, hitting .265 (372 for 1,404) with 59 doubles, nine triples, 16 homers, 118 RBIs , 168 points scored, 84 walks, .316 on-base percentage and .670 OPS.The Honolulu, Hawaii native was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the fourth round of the 2013 First-Year Players Draft at the Mid-Pacific Institute High School in Honolulu.
The 26-year-old won the 2020 Rawlings American League Golden Glove award at third base, as well as the 2020 Rangers Player of the Year award, as voted on by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He moved to shortstop in 2021 and posted a .972 field percentage. (19 E/669 TC) at position, leading major league shortstops in total chances (669), assists (436) and double plays turned (98). Kiner-Falefa also tied for third among MLB shortstops with 10 defensive points saved, according to The Fielding Bible, behind only Houston’s Carlos Correa (20) and Minnesota’s Andrelton Simmons (15).
Henriquez, 21, was signed by Rangers as an international free agent on July 2, 2017 and went 16-13 with a 3.85 ERA (233.2 IP, 100 ER), 60 walks, 283 strikeouts batting, a .233 opponent batting average and a 1.14 WHIP in 53 career games (46 starts), all in the Texas minor league system. He earned two All-Star honors in 2018, as a Dominican Summer League Midseason All-Star with the DSL Rangers2 and as a DSL All-Star with Baseball America. The native of Bonao, Dominican Republic split the 2021 minor league season between High-A Hickory and Double-A Frisco, going 5-7 with a 4.71 ERA (93.2 IP, 49 ER), 25 walks, 105 strikeouts, a .220 average batting opponent and a 1.10 WHIP in 21 games (16 starts), and ranked seventh among Texas minor leaguers in strikeouts.
Garver, 31, made his major league debut for the Twins in 2017 and hit .256 (240 for 938) with 52 doubles, six triples, 53 home runs, 154 RBI, 150 runs scored, 114 walks, a .341 on-base percentage and an .835 OPS in 310 career games, all with Minnesota. He won a Silver Slugger Award at catcher in 2019 and ranks fourth in Twins history (since 1961) in homers among catchers.
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