Minnesota Twins Acquire Kyle Farmer From Reds

Kyle Farmer with the Cincinnati Reds in 2019
Kyle Farmer with the Cincinnati Reds in 2019. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock (10243050u)

The Minnesota Twins acquired shortstop Kyle Farmer in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday that saw minor league right-hander Casey Legumina sent to the Reds in exchange.

Farmer batted .255 with 14 home runs and 78 RBI in 526 at-bats in 2022 in what was his second season for the Reds. He made his major league debut in 2017 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In addition to the Farmer trade, the Twins have been active on the market as of late, trading third baseman Gio Urshela to the Los Angeles Angels earlier on Friday for minor league right-hander Alejandro Hidalgo.

The team also tendered contracts to all seven of their players who are eligible for arbitration, namely, corner infielder Luis Arraez, left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar, right-handed starters Tyler Mahle and Chris Paddack, and right-handed relievers Jorge Alcala, Jorge López, and Emilio Pagán.

Farmer will be adding some much-needed depth to the Twins in the shortstop position. While Royce Lewis is recovering from a torn ACL, he most likely will not make a return to the field until midway through the season at least. This leaves Nick Gordon as the only other natural shortstop on the team apart from the newly arrived Farmer.