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News and Notes: Twins and Mariners Make a Trade

News and Notes for Tuesday, January 30th, 2024

Division Series - Houston Astros v Minnesota Twins - Game Four Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

The Twins traded their third baseman/second baseman Jorge Polanco to the Mariners yesterday, for a depth starter, a bullpen piece, starting pitcher prospect and a top 100 prospect who plays outfield.

Polanco only has a 104 wRC+ for his career vs Cleveland but it was 125 for the past two years with plenty of clutch hits, so not sad to see him go. However, I think Edoard Julien is better, so the Twins likely improved at least slightly with this deal. Also, it's frustrating to see them deal a trusted infield starter coming off a good season when the Guardians putzed around with Amed Rosario coming off of his good 2022 year instead of trading him then.

The Blue Jays have signed Justin Turner. I imagine this means anyone looking for one year of JD Martinez is going to be at least $18 million and one year of Jorge Soler will be north of $20 million

Not that I expect the Guardians to be in play for either.

Evan Drellich of the Athletic said the Guardians and Bally are renegotiating a deal, presumably we will know what it is prior to the February 1st deadline Bally set.