The Baltimore Orioles are contending for a wild-card spot, however that hasn’t stopped them from letting gamers go on the MLB commerce deadline this season. A day after sending Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros, the Orioles traded nearer Jorge Lopez to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old Lopez is in the midst of a breakout season, with a glowing 1.68 ERA and 19 of his 20 profession saves.
“Simply fully life-changing. I am simply actually grateful for the Orioles and what they have been doing, and I am glad it is coming to a brand new chapter with Minnesota Twins,” Lopez mentioned on a convention name with reporters earlier than a scheduled flight to Minnesota. “They have a very good group, and I will do something I can to maintain competing.”
Lopez joins a Twins staff that had a 3.84 aid ERA getting into Tuesday night time’s recreation towards Detroit, with Jhoan Duran the lone late-inning choice who has been constantly dependable this yr. Griffin Jax has been a discover after his conversion from a beginning function in 2021, however Emilio Pagan was lately moved into lower-leverage conditions, and Tyler Duffey has an ERA (4.57) nearly two runs increased than his cumulative whole of the earlier three seasons.
The shocking Orioles are within the combine for an AL wild card, simply 2½ video games out of the ultimate spot getting into play on Tuesday. However they traded Mancini to Houston as a part of a three-team deal on Monday earlier than transport Lopez to the AL Central leaders.
“This staff, it was a bit of totally different than the final two, and I imply it loads. These guys actually deal with enterprise, and that basically taught me loads,” Lopez mentioned. “I really feel emotional, and I hope for achievement for everybody to simply preserve going.”
Baltimore acquired minor league pitchers Cade Povich, Yennier Cano, Juan Nunez and Juan Rojas from Minnesota within the deal. Solely Cano has main league expertise.
The Twins below president of baseball operations Derek Falvey have most popular to keep away from short-term leases, usually prioritizing trades of gamers they’ll contractually management for greater than a yr, and Lopez satisfies that objective.
Making $1.5 million this season, Lopez is arbitration-eligible in every of the subsequent two winters and may’t develop into a free agent till after the World Collection in 2024.
With 17 walks, 54 strikeouts and a .174 opponent batting common in 48⅓ innings, Lopez has produced fairly the turnaround after taking a 6.04 profession ERA into this season. He beforehand break up his time between starter and reliever, however the full-time give attention to a late-game function has served him properly.
“Once you get a brand new alternative, you continue learning at your uncomfortable issues,” Lopez mentioned. “Simply put your self within the place the place you may simply keep optimistic and you are able to do this, so I am actually grateful for all of the onerous work we did. Simply cannot wait to get to this staff and do the identical factor.”
Lopez beforehand pitched for Milwaukee and Kansas Metropolis. The native of Puerto Rico was a second-round draft decide by the Brewers in 2011 and made his main league debut in 2015.
Cano, a 28-year-old right-hander from Cuba, made his main league debut in Could and was despatched again to Triple-A St. Paul on Monday. He had a 9.22 ERA in 10 appearances for the Twins and can report back to Triple-A Norfolk.
The 22-year-old Povich, a third-round decide in final yr’s draft, is 6-8 with a 4.46 ERA in 16 begins at high-A Cedar Rapids this season. The left-hander is probably the most touted participant going to the Orioles, at the moment ranked because the No. 22 prospect within the Twins group by MLB.com. He’ll now head to high-A Aberdeen.
The 18-year-old Rojas and the 21-year-old Nunez have been assigned to the Orioles’ staff within the Florida Advanced League.
The Related Press contributed to this report.