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Top Isiah Kiner-Falefa News

  • Blue Jays' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Lands $15 million deal from Toronto

    Kiner-Falefa signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Robert Murray of reports.

    He can earn an additional $1 million in incentives. Kiner-Falefa has never even posted a .700 OPS in any of his six major-league seasons, but he nonetheless seemed to have a strong market this winter. The utility player would currently appear to be in line to see ample time at second and third base for Toronto but, of course, offers the ability to bounce around to a variety of positions.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Sitting in second straight

    Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

    Kiner-Falefa had been receiving fairly steady playing time at third base over the past two weeks, but he looks like he'll fade into more of a utility role moving forward after the Yankees called up infield prospect Oswald Peraza from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. Peraza will draw a second straight start at third base Wednesday while Kiner-Falefa remains on the bench.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Increasing production

    Over Kiner-Falefa's past five games, he has gone 6-for-21 (.286) with five RBI and a stolen base.

    Kiner-Falefa has notched at least one hit in each of the five contests and has picked up at least one RBI in all but one of them. While the recent numbers don't make him a must-add fantasy asset, they're a vast improvement over his previous eight games, when he hit just .192 with a single RBI. Kiner-Falefa's theft Sunday was his 10th of the season, giving him double-digit steals in three straight campaigns, but his other numbers (.253/.321/.366 slash line, six homers, 34 RBI and 36 runs) keep him off the fantasy radar outside of deeper formats.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Takes seat Monday

    Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox.

    Kiner-Falefa is riding pine for the series opener in Chicago, but he still appears to be the Yankees' preferred option in left field based on how the playing time has been distributed since Aaron Judge returned from the injured list July 28. The 28-year-old started in all but one of the previous nine games and posted a strong .353 on-base percentage to go with one home run, four RBI and four additional runs. Billy McKinney will spell Kiner-Falefa in left field Monday.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Getting everyday look

    Kiner-Falefa will start in left field and bat sixth in Sunday's game against the Astros.

    Kiner-Falefa will make his sixth consecutive start Sunday and appears set to take over as the Yankees' primary option in left field while Jake Bauers shifts to first base as a replacement for Anthony Rizzo (concussion), who was placed on the injured list Thursday. Even though the lefty-hitting Billy McKinney would make for a natural platoon partner in left field, the right-handed-hitting Kiner-Falefa will stick in the lineup against Astros right-hander Jose Urquidy on Sunday. Kiner-Falefa has recorded exactly one hit in nine of his last 10 games and is getting on base at a .371 clip during that stretch.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Homers in loss

    Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday's 7-3 loss against the Astros.

    Kiner-Falefa's fifth-inning blast off Astros starter Hunter Brown was his sixth of the season and first since June 29. The utility man led off and started in right field in place of a resting Aaron Judge for the Yankees. Kiner-Falefa has now handled the leadoff role in two of the four games since Gleyber Torres was moved down to the three-hole in the Yankees' lineup. If Torres' position in the batting order holds, whomever gets regular work for the Yankees in the leadoff spot should prove to be a quality source for runs scored.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Batting leadoff Wednesday

    Kiner-Falefa is starting in left field and batting leadoff Wednesday versus the Mets.

    It's his first start in more than a week and the first time this season that he's batted higher than fifth for the Yankees. Kiner-Falefa did reach base in both plate appearances off the bench Tuesday and has reached eight times across his last 15 trips to the dish.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Heads to bench Sunday

    Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.

    He'll sit for the second time in the series and could be at risk of moving into more of a part-time role while the Yankees have been deploying designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton in the corner outfield more frequently of late. After posting a 1.029 OPS over an eight-game stretch from June 28 to July 5, Kiner-Falefa has fallen back to earth of late with an 0-for-5 showing over his past two starts.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Strong showing in doubleheader

    Kiner-Falefa went 4-for-7 with two walks and three runs scored over both games of Saturday's doubleheader versus the Cardinals.

    Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run in Game 1, then followed it up by getting on base in all four of his plate appearances in Game 2. He's been in the lineup for six of the last eight games after initially losing some playing time to Harrison Bader. Kiner-Falefa's unlikely to have one steady spot in the lineup -- he played in right field and center field Saturday and has also seen time in left field and at third base over the last week. The versatile 28-year-old is slashing a reasonable .260/.306/.387 with five home runs, 22 RBI, 26 runs scored and eight stolen bases through 187 plate appearances this season.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Homers, drives in three in win

    Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in Thursday's victory over Oakland.

    Kiner-Falefa got the Yankees on the board with a solo shot off Hogan Harris in the second inning, tying the game 1-1. He'd drive in two more runs on a sac fly and a base hit later in the contest. Kiner-Falefa is now 6-for-15 (.400) over his last six games while starting sporadically in a utility role. He's now slashing .247/.288/.380 with five homers, 22 RBI, 23 runs scored and eight steals through 178 plate appearances this season.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Provides bright spot in rout

    Kiner-Falefa hit a two-run homer in his only plate appearance and struck out one batter in a perfect inning of relief in Thursday's lopsided loss to the Mariners.

    Kiner-Falefa shined in an otherwise ugly loss for the Yankees, preventing a shutout with a two-run shot to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning after retiring all three batters he faced as a pitcher in the top of the frame. The versatile veteran has been playing scarcely of late, and he entered the contest having gone 1-for-12 with five strikeouts since June 11. Despite the ray of sunshine Kiner-Falefa provided for New York on Thursday, he hasn't hit well enough this season (.275 OBP) to have more than a utility role.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Losing playing time with Bader back

    Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.

    Kiner-Falefa will sit for the fourth time in five games and appears to have moved back into a reserve role in the wake of Harrison Bader's recent return from the injured list. The Yankees still have openings at the corner-outfield spots with Aaron Judge (toe) on the shelf, but Billy McKinney and Jake Bauers appear to be manager Aaron Boone's preferred options in left field and right field, respectively, at the moment.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Gets breather for Game 2

    Kiner-Falefa isn't starting the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against Boston.

    Kiner-Falefa will head to the bench after he went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts during Sunday's matinee. Billy McKinney will take his place in center field and bat sixth.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Out of lineup Friday

    Kiner-Falefa isn't in the Yankees' lineup Friday against Boston.

    After going 1-for-7 with two runs scored and two stolen bases during the Yankees' previous series against the Mets, Kiner-Falefa will sit out Friday's series opener against the Red Sox. Kiner-Falefa started the two previous games in center field but will be replaced by Billy McKinney, who will bat seventh.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Runs wild in Subway Series

    Kiner-Falefa went 0-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases in Wednesday's 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Mets.

    The utility player manufactured a run in the seventh inning via his wheels along with some shaky defense by the Mets. After reaching on a Jeff McNeil throwing error, Kiner-Falefa swiped second, went to third on Francisco Alvarez's throwing error, then caught reliever Brooks Raley napping on the mound and executed a straight steal of home. Kiner-Falefa has seen action at third base, shortstop and all three outfield spots this season but is getting his starts lately in center field, and over his last 16 games he's batting .296 (16-for-54) with eight runs, nine RBI and four of his eight stolen bases on the year.

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  • Yankees' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: On bench again Sunday

    Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox.

    Kiner-Falefa is on the bench for the second straight game and may have ceded the primary center-fielder role to Billy McKinney, who will stick in the lineup for the fifth game in a row. Both McKinney and Kiner-Falefa will see their opportunities in center take a hit as soon as Harrison Bader (hamstring) is cleared to return from the 10-day injured list.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Honolulu, HI
Age: 28
Experience: 6
Bats/Throws: R, R