The Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins made a trade. Miami succeeded in reinforcing the batting line, and Minnesota made the mound solid.
‘MLB.com’ reported on the 21st (Korean time), 안전놀이터 “The Miami Marlins have acquired American League batting champion and All-Star infielder Luis Araez in exchange for Pablo Lopez, Jose Salas and Byron Chorio.”
Miami has strengthened its starting rotation this winter by acquiring Johnny Cueto, who won 143 major league games. Miami, which has a lot of starting resources, gave up starting pitchers and moved to reinforce the batting line, and eventually produced results.
Miami sent three resources to Minnesota, including Lopez and two prospects, to sign Araez, the hitting king for the 2022 season. Lopez, who was mentioned as a trade target for Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres), debuted in the major leagues in 2018 and recorded 28 wins, 31 losses, and an ERA of 3.94 in 94 games over 5 seasons. In his last season, he played 32 games and recorded his first 10 wins (10 losses) in his debut.
Salas, who heads to Minnesota, is ranked 5th in the Miami prospect rankings and also played in the Arizona Folly League (AFL), where prospects from each team gather last year. He is a promising player from Venezuela.
Miami, which sent three resources, succeeded in embracing Araez. Araez made his debut in Minnesota in 2019 and recorded 109 hits, 4 homers, 0.334 OPS and 0.838 in 92 games. And even in 2020, when the shortened season was held, he made a big success with a batting average of 0.364 OPS and 0.765.
Araez failed to hit 300 for the first time in the 2021 season. However, he participated in 144 games last year and recorded 173 hits, 8 homers, a batting average of 0.316 OPS and 0.795, was selected as an All-Star, and succeeded in obtaining the Silver Slugger as well as the American League batting title.
Araez is not a strong hitter, but he is very precise. Araez is batting 0.314 OPS 0.784 in 389 games over his 4 career major league seasons. Araez will play second base for Miami, with Jazz Chisom Jr. moving to center field.