Minnesota Twins purchase Baltimore Orioles nearer Jorge Lopez for 4 prospects

The Baltimore Orioles are occupying the wild card spot, but that hasn’t stopped them from letting players go at the trade deadline this season. Day after trade Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros, the Orioles traded closer Jorge Lopez to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

The Orioles acquired four minor league pitchers: left-hander Cade Povich, right-handed reliever Yennier Canoright-handed reliever Juan Nunez and left-hander Juan Rojas.

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

Emily Pagan leads the Twins with nine saves this season, after John Duran with six.

The AL Central-leading Twins (54-48) hold a one-game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers entering Tuesday’s games. The Orioles (52-51) have been surprising this season and are just 2½ games out of the final AL wild card spot.

Povich, 22, selected in the third round of the 2021 draft, is 6-8 with a 4.46 ERA in 16 starts for High-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. Louis. Paul. Nunez, 26, is 4-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 28⅓ innings at the High-A level this season. Rojas, 18, is 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in eight appearances (six starts) over 30 innings pitched in the Florida Complex League.

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