The The Minnesota Twins are acquiring infielder Kyle Farmer from the Cincinnati Reds. Farmer is eligible for arbitration for a second year and should win $5.9MM based on predictions from MLB Trade Rumors contributor Matt Swartz. The Reds will trade for Texan right-hander Casey Legumina.
Farmer, 32, had a solid, if unspectacular, season for the Reds, hitting .255/.315/.386 with 14 home runs. That was good for a wRC+ of 90, or ten percent worse than the league average. Split time between shortstop (98 games) and third baseman (36 games), qualifying best at third where he was worth two outs above average, against -3 in short stops:
Originally drafted as a receiver in the eighth round of the 2013 draft by the Dodgers, Farmer made his debut in 2017 with LA. He would go on to make 97 plate appearances over the next two seasons, working primarily as a catcher and third baseman, before leaving for the Reds as part of a successful deal involving Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood.
The Reds used him in 15 games at catcher in 2019, but he mostly bounced around infield positions and ended up being the last of his time behind the plate. He spent the next two seasons as a utility infielder, before earning his starting shortstop job for 2021. While he hit a .263/.316/.416 line with 16 home runs that year, he played above average defense, getting six outs above average.
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