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Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Minnesota Twins acquire Baltimore Orioles closer Jorge Lopez for four MLB prospects

The Baltimore Orioles are contending for a wild-card spot, but that hasn’t stopped them from letting players go at the MLB trade deadline this season. A day after sending Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros, the Orioles traded closer Jorge Lopez to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Lopez is in the middle of a breakout season, with a sparkling 1.68 ERA and 19 of his 20 career saves.

“Just completely life-changing. I’m just really thankful for the Orioles and what they’ve been doing, and I’m glad it’s coming to a new chapter with Minnesota Twins,’’ Lopez said on a conference call with reporters before a scheduled flight to Minnesota. “They’ve got a really good group, and I’m going to do anything I can to keep competing.’‘

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2022 at 01:55 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. A triple short of the cycle Posted: August 02, 2022 at 03:03 PM (#6089524)
Freeman, take notes.

EDIT: I didn't RTFA but was impressed by the quote. I assume he did not spend 10 minutes crying out his life story.
   2. aberg Posted: August 02, 2022 at 03:52 PM (#6089551)
Mahle + Lopez is a better pitching combination than I expected for the Twins today. Really happy to see they're trying to maximize the time with Correa on the team.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2022 at 03:55 PM (#6089552)
The Royals DFA'd Lopez two years ago, now he's an All-Star worth four prospects. Development matters.
   4. aberg Posted: August 02, 2022 at 04:08 PM (#6089558)
His baseball savant page is wild. All blue as a SP. All red as a RP.
   5. Hombre Brotani Posted: August 02, 2022 at 04:17 PM (#6089567)
The O's are obviously trading him before he turns back into a pumpkin -- beware the career year from out of nowhere -- but he's been amazing this season, and it's not like the Twins gave up anything crucial. Feels like Baltimore could've gotten more for their cost-controlled All-Star.
   6. Cris E Posted: August 02, 2022 at 04:39 PM (#6089583)
It'd be funny if he showed up in MN and they were all "Dude, you were tipping your pitches and we hammered the h*ll out of you last month. Ha! Oh, and welcome to MN."
   7. aberg Posted: August 02, 2022 at 05:31 PM (#6089603)
beware the career year from out of nowhere

Agreed as a general principle. In Lopez's case, he stopped throwing his worst pitch (4FB) and replaced it with a sinker that added 2.5 mph. Fair reason to bet on him, albeit probably not at a sub .200 ERA.
   8. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: August 02, 2022 at 07:10 PM (#6089656)
Selling about as high as it's possible to sell for the Orioles.

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