Is the AL batting champion in the trade market?
with the puerto rican Carlos Correa back in the teamAfter agreeing to a six-year, $200 million deal, the Twins continue to explore trade options around reigning Venezuelan and American League batting champion Luis Arráez with the intention of supplementing their pitching staff, according to a published report. by Dan Hayes in The Athletic (subscription required).
According to Hayes, the Twins have been looking for arms under contract control, with Sonny Gray, Kenta Maeda and Tyler Mahle all becoming free agents after the 2023 season.
Minnesota has been involved in talks with the Marlins about a possible trade that would send Arraez to Miami, though nothing is imminent yet. The Marlins have several control arms in their possession, including Pablo Lopez (through 2024) and Jesus Luzardo (2026), Trevor Rogers (2026), Edward Cabrera (2028) and Braxton Garrett (2028).
The Twins like López, but Hayes points out that the club has informed the Marlins that they are not willing to finalize a “man-for-man” trade with Arráez, who has hit .314 through 389 games and is under contractual control. until 2025.
Minnesota has also recently had discussions with teams interested in outfielder Max Kepler (under contract through 2023, with a mutual option for 2024), “but they don’t feel obligated to agree to a trade,” Hayes writes.