Twins & Orioles Swing Trade For All-Star Closer

The Minnesota Twins have been looking to give their pitching staff a boost, and they've done more than that, landing one of the best closers in baseball this season in Jorge Lopez.

Lopez has had a tremendous year with the Baltimore Orioles, notching 19 saves, along with a 1.68 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and a 54:17 K:BB ratio in 48 innings. 

In addition, the 29-year-old All-Star is under team control for two more years after this season, through 2024.  

According to Jeff Passan, the O's get a nice haul of prospects in return: LHP Cade Povich, RHP Yennier Cano, RHP Juan Nuñez and LHP Juan Rojas. 

Emilio Pagan has flopped as the Twins' closer already this season; now, pairing Lopez with young flame-thrower Jhoan Duran gives them a lethal end-of-game duo. 

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