The Marlins and Twins executed a long-rumored commerce Friday, with American League batting champion Luis Arraez heading to Miami for right-hander Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects, it was introduced.
The deal, variations of which the groups have mentioned for months, brings a a lot wanted bat to the Marlins, including to their winter signing of Jean Segura, who’s anticipated to play third base.
The value was vital, although. In addition to Lopez, a proficient starter who slots in towards the highest of Minnesota’s rotation, the Marlins will ship shortstop Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio, two well-regarded youngsters, to the Twins.
“We’ve talked about it quite often, wanting to add offense this offseason,” Marlins normal supervisor Kim Ng mentioned. “We’re willing to trade some of our pitching to do it. What we get in Luis Arraez is a left-handed, very good hitter.”
Arraez, 25, is a profession .314 hitter with unparalleled bat-to-ball abilities within the fashionable recreation. Last season, he made the All-Star staff and completed thirteenth in AL MVP balloting after hitting .316/.375/.420, scoring 88 runs and registering extra walks (50) than strikeouts (43). He just isn’t a free agent till after the 2025 season.
According to ESPN Stats & Information analysis, Arraez is the primary participant to win a batting championship after which be traded within the offseason since Rod Carew received the AL batting title in 1978 with the Twins after which was traded to the Angels forward of the 1979 season.
“Anytime you have a player that’s well liked in the environment, who you know is going to go work and do it every day, which we got to see with Luis, it makes it harder,” Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. “We’d like to have Luis and Pablo on our staff, however to get one thing as impactful as what Pablo brings to our staff, it’s a must to give one thing impactful.”
Arraez joins a Marlins staff with a powerful rotation headlined by National League Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara. Miami’s lineup, nevertheless, struggled mightily final yr, with accidents sidelining second baseman Jazz Chisholm whereas free agent signees Avisail Garcia and Jorge Soler disillusioned.
Ng mentioned Chisholm, who has performed center infield completely throughout his huge league profession, will transfer to heart discipline to make room for Arraez because the full-time second baseman.
Arraez additionally has expertise at first base — the place he performed greater than any place final yr — or a corner-outfield slot.
Arraez mentioned he was taking a nap after a exercise when the commerce occurred.
“I was surprised, but this is baseball,” Arraez mentioned. “This is a business. I’m ready to go now. I’m a Marlin and I’m excited to be here.”
Minnesota, in the meantime, can slot younger slugger Jose Miranda at first base or play him at third and use Alex Kirilloff at first. Lopez joins a rotation with Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan and a seize bag of different prospects, from Chris Paddack — who simply signed a three-year extension — to Tyler Mahle, Bailey Ober, Josh Winder, Kenta Maeda and Randy Dobnak.
Falvey informed reporters that the Twins have mentioned a six-man rotation however weren’t “ready to stamp that yet.”
“I’m really excited about coming to this team, the leaders they have in the clubhouse and the players they have to support each other,” Lopez mentioned on a video interview with reporters. “It’s a mentality that really motivates me too. I ask and expect more of myself when it comes to my performance and the ways I can help out the team.”
Lopez, 26, threw a career-high 180 innings last season over 32 starts and registered a 3.75 ERA. He has long been a favorite of statistically inclined teams such as Minnesota for his ability to strike out batters (9.2 per nine innings over the past three seasons), limit walks (2.6 per nine over the same period) and keep the ball in the park.
“When you commerce anybody it is at all times troublesome, notably whenever you’re speaking about somebody like Pablo,” Ng said. “Just a first-class man, great human being. He’s finished so much for the Marlins group.”
Salas, 19, is a borderline top-100 prospect, signed out of Venezuela for $2.8 million in 2019 after rising up within the Orlando space. He completed final season in High-A and is prone to begin there once more this yr.
Chourio, 17, is a middle fielder who hit .344/.429/.410 for the Marlins’ Dominican Summer League staff final season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.