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Yankees acquire Donaldson? Trade Sanchez? Nats Land Cruz? (UPDATE)

I’m confused right now. The Washington Nationals, theoretically being rebuilt, apparently just pulled off the biggest win-now move in the market… OPE WAIT, WHILE I’M TYPED THIS, EVERYTHING GOT CRAZIER.

OK, look at all this:

So you have the Nationals getting Nelson Cruz to a two-year contract, the Yankees getting Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa from the Twins (who just got him from Rangers), and the Twins getting Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela. I am dizzy.

Are the Nats about to make a huge push or something? Are the Yankees now happy with the left side of their infield with these two guys (and Gleyber Torres in second)? Are the Twins… what do the Twins do?

Now, what about teams that wanted Cruz, like the Padres and Dodgers? Are the Padres convinced they have Seiya Suzuki as their big stick, so they moved on and Cruz pivoted? Does this mean buying leads transactions are irrelevant? , or are they as important as ever? And does that mean the Dodgers think they might really have Freddie Freeman?

This is madness, I’ll have to think about it.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, reports from New York suggest, yes, this takes them out of the shortstop market (insofar as they really were there):

UPDATE 2: Indeed, other people are wondering what the Twins are up to, but they’ve released a lot of money:

UPDATE 3: On Cruz, it’s really happening with the Nationals, although Rosenthal says it’s a year, and Heyman clarifies that year two is a mutual option:

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