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

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The No. 1 Minnesota Twins are moving toward the 2022 MLB trade deadline. Minnesota was the first to agree a five-player trade for All-Star closer Jorge Lopez with the Baltimore Orioles, in return for lefties Cade Povich and Juan Rojas and right-handers Yenie Cano and Juan Nunez. get 4 players from the team announced on Tuesday.

Later in the day, the Twins added starting pitcher Tyler Murre from the Reds and sent three prospects back to Cincinnati. The Reds’ returns this time are infielder Spencer Steer, third baseman Christian Encarnacion Strand and lefty pitcher Stephen Hajar.

Lopez, 29, recently played in his first career All-Star Game during the breakout season. In his 44 games with the Orioles, he recorded his 1.68 ERA (241 ERA+) and his 3.18 strikeout percentage. These are remarkable improvements over his career mark going into this season where he had a 6.04 ERA (76 ERA+) and he had a 2.15 strikeout percentage in his 102 games with his three other organizations. .

As Lopez’s performance improved, there were many changes to his game. Not only is he throwing his sinker harder this season, his average speed is rising from his 95 mph to his 98 mph, but he’s throwing pitches more often. In fact, his 50% utilization rate this season would set a new career-high for him.

Clearly the Twins trust Lopez to keep those gains. They would keep him under the team’s control for two more seasons, which could be more than a typical deadline rental situation.

This is not a loan, as Mare is 27 and will be under the team’s control until next season. 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. Last season, he went 13-6 with a 3.75 ERA, and he had 210 strikeouts in 180 innings, making him seem like a mid-rotation staple for three seasons.

Mare will help solidify Minnesota’s rotation behind Sonny Gray and Joe Ryan. Chris Archer pitched enough to be considered their No. 4 while Dylan Bundy closed out.

In exchange for Lopez, the Orioles got four pitchers.

  • Povich, 22, is a third-round pick by the Twins in 2021. He has started 16 of his high-A games this season, posting a 4.46 ERA and a 4.12 strikeout average. Povich was ranked as the Twins’ 21st best prospect by Baseball America.
  • Kano, 28, made his big league debut earlier this season. In his 10 games in the majors, he stole more than his one hitter per inning. He also issued his 11 walks in 13 frames. Kano throws his mid-’90s sinker, late-’80s slider, 90-mph changeup from his point on his three-quarter low release.
  • Nunez, 21, has made eight appearances in complex ball this season. He has his 4.85 ERA and his 4.70 strikeout-to-walk ratio, showing his troubles. He was not ranked as one of the top 30 prospects in the Twins system by Baseball America.
  • Rojas, 18, has also played eight games in complex ball. His ERA is 3.60 and his strikeout rate is 9.50. He also didn’t make the top 30 rankings in America.

About the package going to the Reds:

  • Steer, 24, attended the Futures Game a few weeks ago. Between Double-A (35 games) and Triple-A (48 games) this season, he batted .269/.361/.528 with 23 doubles, 2 triples, 20 home runs, 62 RBIs, 66 runs scored, and 3 steals. is recording. He played second base, third base, and shortstop this season, spending most of his time at third base.
  • Encarnacion Strand, 22, was a fourth-round pick by Oklahoma State University in 2021. 296/.370/.599 with 23 doubles, 3 triples and 20 home runs in his 74 games for the Rapids this season. He had 68 RBIs, 52 runs scored and 7 steals. A few weeks ago, he was promoted to Double-A, and since then he’s only played 2 in 13 games. doing.
  • Hajar, 21, was selected by the Twins in the second round last year from the University of Michigan. In his 13-game starter at Class A Fort Myers this year, he has 2 wins and 2 losses, a 2.47 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, and 43 2/3 innings in which he has 71 strikeouts.