The Minnesota Twins ended up being buyers at the trade deadline. The team made moves for three pitchers to try and bolster their rotation and relief help as they gear up for a run at a pennant.
First, the team acquired all-star closer Jorge Lopez from the Baltimore Orioles, starter Tyler Mahle form the Cincinnati Reds and Reliever Michael Fulmer form the Detroit Tigers.
Lopez is 29-years-old and is experiencing a breakout season with a 1.68 ERA and 19 of his 20 career saves. The Twins received Lopez and cash for pitching prospects Cade Povich, Yennier Cano, Juan Nunez and Juan Rojas.
Mahle is 27-years-old 5-7 this season with a 4.40 ERA in 19 starts with 114 strikeouts over 104 and 1/3rds innings pitched. The Twins get Mahle for infielder Spencer Steer and Christian Encarnacion-Strand and pitcher Steve Hajjar.
Mahler gave his thoughts on the trade…
Fulmer is 29and currently 3-4 with a 3.20 era. The Twins get Flumer and send pitching prospect Sawyer Gipson Long to Detroit. According to the Twins organization itself combined in all these moves the team gave up its #22, #7, #18, and #23 ranked prospects in the farm system.