Who Won the Yankees-Twins Trade?

The Yankees made a splash at the trade deadline, acquiring starting pitcher Lance Lynn from the Twins. Who won the trade?

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Yankees receive: INF Willi Castro, RHP Cody Larsen

Twins receive: OF Seth Rumsey

As the New York Yankees continue to push for a playoff spot, they completed a trade with the Minnesota Twins on Monday, acquiring infielder Willi Castro and right-handed pitcher Cody Larsen in exchange for outfielder Seth Rumsey.

The Yankees are hoping that Castro can provide some help at the infield corners and give them some depth in the event that DJ LeMahieu or Gio Urshela get hurt down the stretch. Larsen gives them another arm in their bullpen as they continue to try and piece together a pitching staff that has been ravaged by injuries.

For the Twins, they trading away two players that they weren’t going to use in order to acquire a young outfielder who will likely be assigned to their minor league affiliate.


The Yankees-Twins trade sent outfielder Aaron Hicks to the Bronx in exchange for pitching prospects Miguel Sulbaran and Corey Black. Hicks, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Twins who has yet to live up to his potential. In parts of three big-league seasons, he’s batted just .217/.281/.338 (64 OPS+) with 12 homers in 716 plate appearances.

The Trade

On July 31, the Yankees traded pitcher Lance Lynn and infielder/outfielder Tyler Austin to the Twins for first baseman/designated hitter Luke Voit and minor league prospects Giovanny Gallegos and Dietrich Enns.

The trade caught many people by surprise. The Yankees were in the middle of a playoff race, and they were trading away two major league players while getting only one in return. And not just any player — Voit was a career minor leaguer who had never hit more than 14 home runs in a season.

So who won the trade? Let’s take a look.

Why the Yankees Won

The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins completed a trade last week that saw the Yankees send catcher John Ryan Murphy and outfielder Aaron Hicks to the Twins in exchange for outfielder Oswaldo Arcia and right-handed pitching prospect Miguel Sulbaran. The Twins also received $500,000 in international signing bonus pool space as part of the trade.

There are a few things to like about this trade for the Yankees. First, they acquired a young, controllable player in Arcia who has the potential to be an everyday player. Arcia is only 23 years old and he’s coming off a season in which he hit .231/.264/.444 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 122 games. He’s not going to wow anyone with his on-base percentage or batting average, but his power potential is real. In addition, Arcia is under team control for four more seasons and he won’t be arbitration eligible until after the 2016 season.

The Yankees also added a potentially useful piece in Sulbaran, who was ranked as the Twins’ No. 25 prospect by Baseball America prior to the trade. Sulbaran is 22 years old and he spent last season pitching at Double-A Chattanooga, where he posted a 3.71 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 27 games (26 starts). He doesn’t have overwhelming stuff, but he throws strikes and could develop into a back-end starter or long reliever down the road.

Perhaps most importantly, the Yankees were able to unload two players who no longer fit into their plans. Murphy was expendable because of the presence of Brian McCann and Gary Sanchez behind him on the depth chart. Hicks was expendable because Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Ichiro Suzuki are all ahead of him on the outfield depth chart. In other words, this trade simply made sense for both sides involved.

Why the Twins Won

The Yankees did get a good player in the trade in Miguel Andújar, but he is not the kind of player that is going to put them over the top. Andújar is a good hitter, but he is a below-average defender at third base and is a liability on the bases. The Twins, on the other hand, got two very good pitching prospects in Deivi García and Albert Abreu. García is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball and could be ready to contribute at the big league level by next season. Abreu is a good pitching prospect as well and has a chance to be a mid-rotation starter.


It’s too soon to say who won the Yankees-Twins trade.

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