The Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins executed a long-rumored trade Friday, with the MLS batting champion Louis Araz Heading to Miami for a right-hander Pablo Lopez And a pair of odds, it was announced.
The deal, which the teams have been discussing for months, brings a much-needed bat to the Marlins, adding to their winter signing of Jean Segurawho is expected to play third base.
The cost was significant, though. In addition to Lopez, a talented starter who gets into the top of the Minnesota rotation, the Marlins will send shortstop Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chorio, two high-profile teenagers, to the twins.
Arraez, 25, is a career-high .314 hitter with bat-to-ball skills unparalleled in the modern game. Last season, he was named to the All-Star team and finished 13th in AL MVP balloting after hitting .316/.375/.420, scoring 88 runs and having more walks (50) than strikeouts (43). He is not a free agent until after the 2025 season.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Arraez is the first player to win the AL batting championship and then be traded in the offseason since Rod Carew won the AL batting title in 1978 with the Twins and then was traded to the Angels prior to the 1979 season.
Arraez joins the Marlins in a solid rotation headlined by National League Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara. However, Miami’s lineup struggled mightily last year, as injuries sidelined the current second baseman Jazz Chisholm While the free agent signs Avisil Garcia And Jorge Soler Disappointed.
Marlins general manager Kim Ng said Chisholm, who played center exclusively during his senior career, will move to center field to make room for the Aries as a full-time second baseman.
Arraez also has experience at first base – having played more than any position in the past year – or slot corner.
Meanwhile, Minnesota State could have its way with a young football player Jose Miranda At first base or play him at third and use it Alex Kirillov in the beginning. Lopez joins the rotation with Sonny GrayAnd Joe Ryan And a bag of other possibilities, from Chris Baddack – who just signed a three-year extension – to Tyler MahleyAnd Billy UberAnd Josh WinderAnd Kent Maeda And Randy Dubnack.
Lopez, 26, hit 180 innings last season in 32 starts and a 3.75 ERA. He has long been a favorite of statistically inclined teams like Minnesota for his ability to knock out hitters (9.2 per nine innings over the past three seasons), limit walks (2.6 per nine over the same span) and keep the ball in the park.
Salas, 19, is a top 100 prospect signed out of Venezuela for $2.8 million in 2019 after growing up in the Orlando area. He finished last season at High-A and will likely start there again this year.
Chorio, 17, is the linebacker who hit .344/.429/.410 for the Dominican Summer League’s Marlins last season.