Twins Acquire Chris Badack, Emilio Pagan from Padres to Taylor Rogers, Brent Rucker

10:00 am: The two teams announced the trade.

9:30am: The twins will also get a player to be named later in the deal, reports La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Twitter link). Dan Hayes from Athletic Tweets That Minnesota is also including cash in the deal to help offset the salary gap between Rogers and Bagan/Badack.

8:15 am: The twins and Padres agree on a deal that sends out a left-handed Savior Taylor Rogers To San Diego, beginners Chris Badack To Minnesota, ESPN’s Jeff Bassan reports (Twitter theme). The two sides reportedly held talks about a deal last night. Ken Rosenthal from The Athletic Tweets that twins will also gain the right hand Emilio Bagan As part of the swap. Dennis Lane athlete Tweets That player/first baseman Brent Rucker He is also going to Padres in the bargain.

Minnesota has a pair of guns under the club’s control for several seasons, as Badack, who earns $2.25 million in 2021, is only in his first season of refereeing eligibility. He dominated it during the 2024 campaign. Meanwhile, Pagan earns $2.3 million this season and is controlled until 2023 by refereeing. Rogers, 31, is set to earn $7.3 million this season in his final year of club control before hitting free agency. Rooker, 27, does not have a full year of service in the Major League and can be controlled during the 2027 season.

The 26-year-old Paddack and his remaining three seasons of dominating the club lead the trade in Minnesota. The eight-rounder broke out in 2015 as one of the sport’s top 100 heading into the 2019 season and made that hype when he posted a 3.33 ERA with a 26.9% strike rate and just 5.5% walking rate during 140 2/3 runs as a beginner. At that point Paddack seemed like a staple for the brothers, and it was nearly impossible to fathom which near-term trade he was involved in.

However, Paddack was unable to replicate this great entry-level performance. His 2020 campaign yielded a 4.73 ERA with a 23.7% strike rate drop. He’s still running on a “complete” slate of 12 starts and 59 runs during the abridged 2020 season, but the key results and metrics weren’t quite as strong as his 2019 start. Paddack’s 2021 season marks another step back; In 108 1/3 innings, he reached 5.07 ERA with a career-low 21.6% strike rate. Most disturbing, however, was the fact that he finished the season with a low-grade tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

The twins will likely be convinced that Badack’s elbow is healthy enough to count on as a spinning bit not just in 2022 but for the many seasons to come. If so, they will focus their work with Paddack on further developing the third pitch to help him get back into shape for 2019. Paddack averaged 94.9 mph last season, and his additional change has been lauded since his potential days, but the curve ball was less than Average for him at the big league level. If the twins can help Paddack create that third degree, it stands to reason that his geyser and changeover could come close to being effective for 2019. There is the potential for a (second) break with Paddack, particularly given that his leadership remained elite even during his struggles in 2020. -21. The extent to which Minnesota can revise the third pitch (or develop an entirely new one) will be evident.

Minnesota is also taking two years off control of 30-year-old Pagan — another player in 2019 (with Rays) who had more luck in San Diego. The Padres acquired the Padres following a 2.31 ERA with a dominant strike rate of 36% and a walk rate of 4.9% in 2019, Pagans have been virtually ineffective since shipped to Southern California. In 85 1/3 runs with the brothers, he scored 4.75 ERAs with a 26.3% strike rate and 7.7% walking rate. Pagan has always been vulnerable to Homer, but that flaw rose to new levels in 2021 when he produced an average of 2.27 long balls per nine frames.

Despite his recent struggles, Pagan has above average strike rates and speed. And, like Paddack, his driving has been fantastic (except for the short 2020 season). He’s only walked 6.2% of his opponents at the big league level and has only produced a hit average of 0.210 and 0.264 on a percentage basis in his career. The tendency to perform at home was Pagan’s only real flaw, but if the twins can clean up that problem – as the Rice did in 2019 and the Mariners did in 2017 – they’ll have a close caliber mitigator on their hands for the next two seasons.

Persuading the Twins to perform at a high level outside of Pagan will be critical, as this morning’s trade sends the closest and one of the best left hand relievers in the entire game of baseball to San Diego. The 31-year-old Rogers has been a triumph in terms of player development for Minnesota, thriving from the prospect of a somewhat untold return to the belated hype that beat opponents dating back to the 2018 season.

Rogers, whose twin brother Tyler was playing for his new challenger in San Francisco, added a slide to his collection in 2018 — he made his field debut on Memorial Day weekend that year. The change in its results was astounding. Rogers holds a 5.48 ERA in that time, dropped to 1.34 ERA for the remainder of the season and puffed 57 hitters in 47 innings. There was no looking back for him either. Since this wrecking ball appeared on May 31, 2018, Rogers has scored a 2.58 ERA (2.54 Sierra) with a whopping 32.5% strike rate, 4.6% little walk rate and 48% gritty rate. He was one of the best loyalists ever in MLB during that time, racking up 50 saves and, in 2021, being his first All-Star team.

As dominant as Rogers, however, he is not without his medical concerns. The left-winger 2021 came to an abrupt end when he left his appearance on July 26 with discomfort in his left middle finger. It was eventually determined that Rogers had ligament damage in his hand. Since the twins are with Paddack, San Diego clearly relies on the belief that Rogers is healthy and able to bounce back into his usual form. If this is indeed the case, they will be able to turn the pointers into one of the game’s most effective mitigations for the 2022 season before Rogers gets to free agency in the off-season.

Rooker is the fourth known piece of the bargain at this time and gives the Padres an out-of-corner option to hit the powerhouse who has yet to pull things together at the MLB level. The former Mississippi State superstar, selected with the 35th overall pick in 2017, was picked up by the minor leagues, scoring .263/.359/.516 while showing off his additional raw power. Rucker’s bat would need to carry him to the MLB level, though he’s a college first baseman who instead tried unsuccessfully as a left-back (-6 saved defensively, -4 points above average, -9.7 UZR/150 in 268 career innings ).

Rooker has a couple of minor league options left and they aren’t necessarily an immediate solution to the Padres’ corner problems. It will give them a choice there, both at first base and at the designated hitter – the one with the power of the Light Tower but also the one who made 32.1% of his 234 league board appearances (versus a walking rate of just 6.4%). The 6’3 and 225-pound Rooker gives San Diego a powerful bat that is intriguing but also a project, as he is 27 and has yet to prove he can handle the big league showings. Due to his lack of defensive value, it is critical for Padres that they finalize the development of the Rucker racket.

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