The Minnesota Twins are on fire with the trades so far this during portion of the offseason that is following the lockout. They keep bringing in new players and sending out players so the Chicago White Sox are going to be facing a completely different team in 2022.
The White Sox and Twins always have intense battles regardless of where either team is in the standings. For a long time, the Twins were the outstanding team and the White Sox were bad but the roles were reversed in 2021.
The White Sox won the division with ease and the Twins were the most disappointing team in all of baseball. Now, it is hard to tell if they are trying to win in 2022 or punt in favor of the future. This next trade seems to be good for them.
Minnesota sent Josh Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and Ben Rortvedt to the New York Yankees in exchange for Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshella. It is a pretty big trade in terms of good Major League Baseball players. The White Sox are going to have to deal with all of them in 2022, just in different doses.
The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins are about ready to start the year.
Sanchez is the most notable name going back to the Twins. He is a catcher that doesn’t field his position very well and his hitting is up and down. He was probably the most polarizing player on New York’s roster over the past few years.
Gio Urshela is also a very good player that had a little bit of a down year last year. He wasn’t bad by any means but he just wasn’t the same guy that he was in the years prior. With Minnesota, he will have a fresh start with significantly less pressure. The same can be said for both players going to Minnesota.
Josh Donaldson is not a popular player in the Chicago White Sox community. He runs his mouth about stuff that he has no clue about like when he accused the White Sox of cheating and talking down on Ozzie Guillen. Now, he will have the chance to go to New York and actually live up to his contract.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa was acquired by Minnesota in one of the two trades this weekend and now is already gone. His incredibly short stay there means that the White Sox will never see him play for them. It will be interesting to see how he plays with the Yankees.
Ben Rortvedt played against the White Sox with the Twins but he is still developing. He is a very nice defensive catcher that is still working on his game. He is an easy kid to root for and he deserves well wishes as he heads to New York.
The Twins may or may not be done with trades. Hopefully, regardless of what happens, the White Sox are able to do what they need to do in order to maintain their status as the top player in the AL Central Division.