The New York Yankees have agreed to bring back shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa on a one-year, $6 million contract, per ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan.
The team reportedly considered nontendering him before today’s 8 p.m. deadline, but ultimately decided to keep him in the picture.
Kiner-Falefa's $6 million is fully-guaranteed, despite the possibility that the Yankees move him prior to the 2023 season.
"[He] could get moved as the Yankees look to give Oswald Peraza, Oswaldo Cabrera and perhaps Anthony Volpe playing time, but Kiner-Falefa’s $6 million is guaranteed, which is not the case for all players who avoid arbitration with contracts," Passan reports.
In his first year with the Yankees this past season, Kiner-Falefa notched four home runs and 48 RBI on a .261 batting average through 142 game appearances. The former Texas Ranger also logged a career-high 22 stolen bases.
The 27-year-old infielder was benched during the Yankees' postseason run due to inconsistencies on defense.