The Minnesota Twins have traded the Cincinnati Reds for starting pitcher Tyler Mahle according to Jon Heyman. Jeff Passan is reporting the return for the reds will be two hitting prospects and one pitching prospect. Those prospects are Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Steven Hajjar and Spencer Steer.
The Minnesota Twins are finalizing a deal to acquire right-hander Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds, sources tell ESPN. Two hitting prospects and one pitching prospect are expected to be the return once the deal gets through medical review.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 2, 2022
Mahle, 27, has a 5-7 record this season with a 4.4 ERA. Over his six MLB season, all of which have been with Cincinnati, he has a 4.35 ERA.
The Twins are 54-48 in the AL Central and are trying to improve their chances of making and advancing in the postseason. Mahle adds to the rotation and could pay off even more than the numbers indicate, as he specifically struggled in home games for the Reds.
Encarnacion-Strand has batted .320 with 29 home runs and 68 RBIs in his two minor league seasons. He plays the corner infield positions.
Hajjar is a pitcher in rookie ball who has a 3.18 ERA in 13 appearances.
At 24, Steer may be the most pro-ready of the prospects. He has batted .266 with 48 home runs and 161 RBIs in his minor league career. He is one of many middle-infield prospects that the Reds have acquired recently.
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