Twins Trade Luis Arraez to Marlins for Pablo Lopez, Prospects

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The Minnesota Twins have reportedly traded 2022 AL batting champion, Luis Arraez, to the Miami Marlins for starting pitcher, Pablo Lopez and top-5 organizational prospect, Jose Salas (infield). Outfield prospect, Reiner Chourio.

Lopez will be 27-years-old when the 2023 season starts and he isn’t set to hit free agency until after the 2024 season. Outside of a rough start as a rookie 2018-2019, the Venezuelan right-hander has had a dynamite start to his career.

In the three seasons since, Pablo Lopez has posted a sub-4.00 ERA every year and collected 8.5 WAR. He ate 180 innings for the Marlins in 2022, posting a 3.75 ERA, 108 ERA+, 1.167 WHIP and 3.71 FIP.

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
201822MIANL24.3334.141010000058.2562827818546402247934.491.2618.61.22.87.12.56
201923MIANL58.3855.0921210000111.1111646315273951126469844.281.2409.01.22.27.73.52
202024MIANL64.6003.611111000057.15027234181592002401263.091.1867.80.62.89.33.28
202125MIANL55.5003.0720200000102.2893735112611157034181383.291.1207.81.02.310.14.42
202226MIANL1010.5003.7532320000180.01577875215311748047361083.711.1677.91.12.78.73.28
5 Yrs2831.4753.9494940000510.046323422359142114893221521101063.771.1868.21.02.58.63.44
162 Game Avg.1011.4753.9434340000184 16785812151417712157631063.771.1868.21.02.58.63.44
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/20/2023.

It will be sad to see Luis Arraez go. His knack for getting on base and his antics in the batter’s box had helped make him a fan favorite.

But Arraez’ value may never be as high again as it was this offseason and his inability to hit for power or play high level defense made him expendable when Carlos Correa returned in surprise fashion earlier this offseason. That’s why his name has been surfacing in the rumor mill for months.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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