TRADE Completed: AL Batting Champ Is On The Move

A stunning move as the American League batting champion has been dealt, with the Minnesota Twins sending All-Star Luis Arraez to the Miami Marlins for one of their cadre of starting pitchers, Pablo Lopez, as the centerpieces of the deal.

The Twins had made it clear they weren't interested in a one-for-one swap of Arraez for Lopez, so the Marlins will also be sending two prospects to the Twin Cities: Miami's No. 5 prospect, 19-year-old infielder Jose Salas, and OF Byron Chourio.

Arraez was the only thing separating Aaron Judge from a Triple Crown last season, as he batted .316 to win the AL Batting Crown, to Judge's .311. Arraez posted a .375 on-base and a .795 OPS, with a 130 OPS+, 30% above league average. 

The 25-year-old has hit no lower than .294 in his four big league seasons, but 2022 was his big breakthrough. He becomes the first batting champion to be traded since Rod Carew after the 1978 season—also by the Twins, ironically. 

Lopez has been on the trade block for a couple of years now, and almost got dealt at last year's trade deadline. He posted a 3.75 ERA in 2022, with a 1.17 WHIP and 174:53 K/BB ratio. He was even better in 20 starts in 2021, with a 3.07 ERA.

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