MLB trade deadline: Twins acquire starter Tyler Mahle from Reds, All-Star closer Jorge López from Orioles

The first-place Minnesota Twins are making strikes on the 2022 MLB trade deadline. Minnesota first agreed to a five-player trade with the Baltimore Orioles for All-Star closer Jorge López. The Orioles will obtain 4 gamers in return: left-handers Cade Povich and Juan Rojas and right-handers Yennier Cano and Juan Nuñez, the groups introduced Tuesday.

Later within the day, the Twins additionally added beginning pitcher Tyler Mahle from the Reds in a deal that sends three prospects again to Cincinnati. The return for the Reds on this one is infielder Spencer Steer, third baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand and left-handed pitcher Steven Hajjar.

López, 29 years previous, not too long ago made his first profession All-Star Game within the midst of a breakout season. In 44 video games with the Orioles, he has posted a 1.68 ERA (241 ERA+) and a 3.18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Those are outstanding enhancements over his profession marks coming into this season, when he had amassed a 6.04 ERA (76 ERA+) and a 2.15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 102 video games with three different organizations.

López’s improved efficiency has been accompanied by a variety of different modifications to his sport. Not solely is he throwing his sinker tougher this season, along with his common velocity up from 95 mph to 98 mph, he is additionally throwing the pitch extra incessantly. Indeed, his 50 p.c utilization price this season would mark a brand new career-high.

Clearly the Twins are believers in López sustaining these positive aspects. They’ll have him below staff management for an extra two seasons, too, which means this might be greater than the everyday deadline rental scenario.

Mahle is 27 and is below staff management via subsequent season, so this is not a rental. He’s 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA (104 ERA+), 3.60 FIP, 1.25 WHIP and 114 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings this season. He was 13-6 with a 3.75 ERA and 210 strikeouts in 180 innings final season and has resembled a mid-rotation workhorse for the final three seasons or so.

Mahle helps solidify the rotation in Minnesota behind Sonny Gray and Joe Ryan. Chris Archer has pitched properly sufficient to be thought of their No. 4 whereas Dylan Bundy rounds issues out.

In return for López, the Orioles netted 4 pitchers.

  • Povich, 22, was the Twins’ third-round choose in 2021. He’s amassed a 4.46 ERA and a 4.12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 16 begins in High-A this season. Povich was ranked because the Twins’ Twenty first-best prospect by Baseball America. They famous that he has a projectable body and a four-pitch combine.
  • Cano, 28, made his big-league debut earlier this season. In 10 outings within the majors, he struck out greater than a batter per inning. He additionally issued 11 walks in 13 frames. Cano throws a mid-90s sinker, an upper-80s slider, and a 90 mph changeup from a low three-quarters launch level.
  • Nuñez, 21, has made eight appearances in advanced ball this season. He has a 4.85 ERA and a 4.70 strikeout-to-walk ratio to indicate for his troubles. He was not ranked by Baseball America as one of many prime 30 prospects within the Twins system.
  • Rojas, 18, has additionally made eight appearances in advanced ball. He has a 3.60 ERA and a 9.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He too didn’t make the lower for Baseball America’s prime 30 rankings.

As for the package deal going to the Reds:

  • Steer, 24, performed within the Futures Game just a few weeks in the past. Between Double-A (35 video games) and Triple-A (48 video games) this season, he is hitting .269/.361/.528 with 23 doubles, two triples, 20 house runs, 62 RBI, 66 runs and three steals. He’s performed second, third and shortstop this season, with most of his time spent at third base.
  • Encarnacion-Strand, 22, was a fourth-round pick of Oklahoma State in 2021. In 74 video games for High-A Cedar Rapids this season, he hit .296/.370/.599 with 23 doubles, three triples, 20 homers , 68 RBI, 52 runs and 7 steals. Just a few weeks in the past, he was promoted to Double-A and he is gone 18 for 54 (.333) with two doubles, a triple, 5 house runs, 17 RBI and 11 runs in simply 13 video games since.
  • Hajjar, 21, was the Twins’ second-round pick of the University of Michigan final yr. In 13 begins for Class-A Fort Myers this yr, he is 2-2 with a 2.47 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings.

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