MINNEAPOLIS (AP)The Minnesota Twins have acquired right-handed pitchers Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagan from the San Diego Padres for All-Star left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers and outfielder Brent Rooker.
The Twins also will receive a player to be named later and the Padres will get $6.6 million in cash under terms of the deal announced Thursday.
Paddack and Rogers are the key pieces of the deal.
Paddack posted a 7-7 record with a 5.07 ERA in starting 22 of his 23 appearances. The 26-year-old walked 22, struck out 99 last season. He has pitched in parts of three seasons for the Padres since 2019, going 20-19 with a 4.21 ERA.
Pagan made a career-high 67 relief appearances last season, going 4-3 with a 4.83 ERA. The 30-year-old has pitched parts of five major league seasons with Seattle, Oakland, Tampa Bay and San Diego, going 13-10 with a 3.73 ERA. He saved 20 games for the Rays in 2019.
Rogers was selected to his first career American League All-Star team in 2021, going 2-4 with a 3.35 ERA and a 13.17 strikeout-per-9.0 innings pitched, sixth highest among American League relievers and 10th-best in the majors. The 31-year-old began the season as the Twins’ primary set-up man, finishing with eight holds on the season, while also converting nine of his 13 save opportunities. Since 2016, his 319 appearances rank fourth in the American League and first most among AL left-handers
Rogers went on the injured list for the season on July 27 with a left middle finger sprain.
Rooker split the 2021 season between Triple-A St. Paul and Minnesota. He played in 58 games for the Twins last season, hitting .201 with 10 doubles, nine home runs and 16 RBI.
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