With a Friday deadline looming for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible player, Minnesota dealt one of their away, trading third baseman Gio Urshela to the Los Angeles Angels for minor-league pitcher Alejandro Hidalgo.
Urshela was one of 10 Twins scheduled for arbitration. The site MLBTradeRumors.com projected his salary to be $9.25 million in 2023, up from $6.55 million this past season.
In his lone season in Minnesota, Urshela slashed .285/.338/.429 with 13 home runs in 144 games. His 3.1 bWAR was fourth on the Twins.
Urshela was obtained in March from the New York Yankees along with Gary Sanchez for Josh Donaldson. In seven major-league seasons, the 31-year-old is a lifetime .275/.321/.428 hitter.
The right-handed Hidalgo, who turns 20 in May, spent this past season at Single-A Inland Empire. In 10 starts, he was 0-3 with a 4.62 ERA, 1.359 WHIP and 13.4 K/9 in 39 innings. MLB Pipeline listed Hidalgo No. 22 among Angels prospects.
Jose Miranda could be in line to fill Urshela’s role at third base, although the offseason is just under way and certainly plenty of moves could still be in the offing.