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Yankees agree to one-year deal with SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa

Oct 23, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa (12) dives for the ball in the first inning against the Houston Astros during game four of the ALCS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees announced Friday that they have agreed to a one-year deal with shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

The deal is worth $6 million, according to multiple reports

The agreement means the two sides will avoid arbitration.

Kiner-Falefa batted .261 with four homers and 48 RBIs in 142 games last season in his first year with the Yankees.

The 27-year-old lost his starting shortstop job for a time due to defensive issues. He committed 15 errors a year following his career-worst 19 errors for the Texas Rangers in 2021.

Kiner-Falefa spent four seasons with the Texas and won a Gold Glove in 2020.

The Rangers traded him to the Minnesota Twins in March. One day later, Minnesota sent Kiner-Falefa to the Yankees as part of the deal in which New York acquired Josh Donaldson.

Kiner-Falefa has a .264 career average with 20 homers and 166 RBIs in 534 career games with the Rangers (2018-21) and Yankees.

Also, New York claimed right-hander Junior Fernandez off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 25-year-old had a 2.41 ERA in 16 relief appearances in 2022 while splitting time between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pirates.

–Field Level Media