Minnesota Twins acquire Baltimore Orioles closer Jorge Lopez for four prospects

The Baltimore Orioles are vying for a wildcard spot, but that hasn’t stopped them from letting players go on the trade deadline this season. A day after trading Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros, the Orioles traded closer Jorge Lopez to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

The Orioles received four minor league pitchers: lefthanded Cade Povich, righthanded reliever Yennier Cano, righthanded reliever Juan Nunez and complex lefthanded Juan Rojas.

Lopez has 19 saves and is 4-6 with a 1.68 ERA. He struckout 54 batters in 48⅓ innings this season.

Emilio Pagan leads the Twins this season with nine saves, followed by Jhoan Duran with six.

The AL Central-leading Twins (54-48) have a one game lead over the Cleveland Guardians going into Tuesday’s games. The Orioles (52-51) have been a surprise this season and are just 2½ games away from the AL’s final wildcard spot.

The 22-year-old Povich, selected in the third round of the 2021 draft, is 6-8 with a 4.46 ERA in 16 starts for Class A Cedar Rapids this season. Cano, 28, is 1-0 with a 9.22 ERA in 13⅔ innings pitched in the majors this season and 1-1 with a 1.90 ERA in 23⅔ innings at Triple-A St. Paul. Nunez, 26, is 4-2 this season with a 3.49 ERA in 28⅓ innings at the Class A level. Rojas, 18, is 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in eight appearances (six starts) in 30 innings pitched in the Florida Complex League.

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