Tyler Mahle traded to Twins for 3 minor league prospects

The Cincinnati Reds continue to roll and negotiate as the MLB trade deadline fast approaches. After trading Sonny Gray to the Twins earlier this year, it now looks like Tyler Mahle will join him in Minnesota.

Mahle’s name has been mentioned in trade rumors for the past few weeks, and after Cincinnati sold Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners last week, it felt like it was only a matter of time. before the Reds decided to trade their other coveted starting pitcher. .

Mahle was Cincinnati’s opening day starter this season, mostly because Castillo opened the year on the disabled list. The right-hander struggled early on, but has really come back on top in his later starts.

Tyler Mahle is 5-7 on the year with a 4.40 ERA and 114 punches in 114 innings of work. Mahle was sidelined recently with an injury but has since returned to the mound for two starts, striking out 12 batters over 12 innings while allowing just five earned runs. Mahle’s last seven starts have yielded a 3.02 ERA.

So what did the Reds get in return? According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Cincinnati will receive inside prospects Spencer Steer and Christian Encarnacion-Strand, as well as left-handed pitcher Steve Hajjar. All three are ranked in the Minnesota Twins Farm System Top 30 according to MLB Pipeline, with Steer ranked as the team’s 7th prospect.

With Tyler Mahle leaving for Minnesota, the Cincinnati Reds’ starting rotation will undergo something of a rebuild itself. Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, Graham Ashcraft, and Mike Minor remain, and it’s a safe bet that Justin Dunn will be activated from the 60-day IL very soon.

While that wasn’t quite the return Cincinnati received in exchange for Luis Castillo, the Reds did receive three young prospects to help build the roster going forward. Time will tell whether or not it was a good trade from Reds general manager Nick Krall.

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