Trade Rumor: Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins Discussing Deal

The Houston Astros are trying to find ways to upgrade their roster for the stretch run, meanwhile the Minnesota Twins are basically listening to trade offers on all their players. Word is the two teams have been in contact about a deal, and one of the players involved is lefty reliever Taylor Rogers.

The Astros would love to find another reliever to pair with Ryan Pressly and Rogers could certainly fit the bill. The 30-year-old southpaw has been lights out for the struggling Twins so far this season, appearing in 36.2 innings and striking out 51 batters. His 1.04 WHIP is one of the best on the team, and his 2.45 ERA is something the Astros would love to add to the back-end of their bullpen.

According to Rogers appeared in two games during the AL Wild Card series vs. Houston, last season allowing one run on two hits in 1.0 inning pitched with one strikeout. He was also given Mike Augustin "Media Good Guy" Award, voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA. Over his last seven appearances, he's recorded one save, pitched seven innings and struck out 10. His swing and miss stuff is very appealing to a number of teams as the Twins have also heard from the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox regarding a deal.

Rogers is arbitration eligible next offseason and doesn't become a free agent until 2023. This second year of team control will certainly drive up his price, so if you're acquiring the specialty lefty, expect to pay at least one top-20 prospect.
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