January twenty first, 2023
MIAMI — The Marlins on Friday acquired reigning American League batting champion and All-Star infielder Luis Arraez from the Twins for right-hander Pablo López and two prospects, infielder Jose Salas (No. 5 within the Marlins’ system) and outfielder Byron Chourio.
The 25-year-old Arraez, who’s beneath crew management by way of 2025, has a .314 common by way of 389 profession video games. In ’22, he drew a career-high 50 walks to guide the Twins whereas placing out simply 43 instances, making him the one Main League participant to strike out fewer than 50 instances in at the least 500 plate appearances.
Marlins obtain: INF Luis Arraez
Twins obtain: RHP Pablo López, INF José Salas (Marlins’ No. 5 prospect), OF Byron Chourio
“It is plenty of younger guys there like me,” Arraez mentioned. “I will be excited to play [around] lots of people from Venezuela, from [the Dominican Republic], from Puerto Rico.
“I am hoping to offer plenty of vitality to the Marlins followers, plenty of vitality to my teammates, to the teaching workers, to everyone there. I simply go there to win plenty of video games.”
Arraez turns into the primary participant since Rod Carew (1978-79) — additionally traded from the Twins (to the Angels) — to be dealt the offseason after profitable a batting title, based on the Elias Sports activities Bureau.
By including Arraez, Miami beneficial properties each spectacular offensive power and much-needed infield depth. Although listed as a second baseman, Arraez performed first base for extra video games (60) in 2022 than he did second base (31) or designated hitter (34). However the Marlins need Arraez again at second. To take action, they’ve a serious transfer within the works: Jazz Chisholm Jr. sliding to center field.
“Jazz may be very open-minded about it,” common supervisor Kim Ng instructed reporters by way of Zoom. “[He] sounded enthusiastic. … Jazz is a really distinctive athlete. Very dynamic. He is bought nice vary, nice pace. He is bought plenty of the issues that you just search for whenever you’re serious about heart area.”
The Marlins had acquired inquiries on López because the center of the season, and rightly so. López, who will flip 27 in March and is under team control by way of 2024, has a 3.94 ERA throughout 5 seasons (94 begins) with the Marlins. Final 12 months, López mixed with ace Sandy Alcantara to supply a robust one-two punch atop Miami’s rotation, making a career-high 32 begins.
Curiosity from the Twins ramped up over the previous two weeks, and that became critical talks round Tuesday. It helped that the Marlins made the signing of veteran starter Johnny Cueto official on Thursday. With Alcantara and Cueto atop the rotation, plus Jesús Luzardo (100 1/3 innings in 2022), Trevor Rogers (133), Edward Cabrera (71 2/3) and Braxton Garrett (88), Miami has a surplus of beginning pitching. And that’s to not point out the present and former prospects nearing their returns.
“Pitching is our power, and that’s our basis,” Ng mentioned. “I feel this was an excellent baseball commerce for each golf equipment. … This offseason undoubtedly felt a bit bit like, you already know, ‘The Little Engine That May.’ It was a sluggish construct. However we lastly bought to a greater place.”
Additionally included within the deal is Salas, who’s projected to achieve the Majors by 2024. He boasts plus pace, strong arm power and hits effectively from either side of the plate. The 17-year-old Chourio, one of many Marlins’ worldwide prospects, signed in January 2022 and performed within the Dominican Summer time League final season.
Edwards, who’s ranked Miami’s No. 16 prospect per MLB Pipeline, is anticipated to achieve the massive leagues this season, whereas Amaya — a shortstop — is ranked No. 12 and is more likely to be within the Majors for the Marlins sooner or later this season after having made his debut in 2022.
With Arraez within the fold, the Marlins are constructing out an infield — and a lineup — to match their beginning pitching depth. Are they accomplished making strikes?
“We’re at all times trying to enhance,” Ng mentioned. “You at all times need to pay attention. The offseason is the offseason — there’s nonetheless a number of weeks left right here earlier than we transfer ahead to Spring Coaching. So I feel we’re at all times going to search for the subsequent deal.”