It is news that Minnesota Twins pitcher Pablo Lopez (27) has agreed to a contract extension worth about 97 billion won.
MLB.com said on the 18th (Korean time), “Minnesota and Lopez have agreed to a 4-year, $73.5 million (approximately 97 billion won) contract extension. It is a contract for the 2024-2027 season.”
Lopez will become a free agent after the 2024 season, and with a new extension contract, it is like signing a three-year free agent contract in advance. Lopez is making $5.45 million this year.
When the contract is officially announced, it will be the best pitcher contract in Minnesota club history. Minnesota’s 4-year, $55 million contract with Irvin Santana in 2015 was the highest paid by a team pitcher.
Minnesota acquired Lopez in a trade with Miami earlier this season. It was a trade to reinforce the front line of the starting rotation. Minnesota sent Luis Araez, who won the American League batting title last year, to Miami,스포츠토토 and brought Lopez and two prospects (Byron Chourio and Jose Salas).
Lopez made his major league debut in 2018 in Miami and recorded 28 wins, 31 losses, and an ERA of 3.94 in 94 games over five seasons until last year. He went 10-10 with an earned run average of 3.75 in 32 games last year.
Lopez is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA in 4 games in Minnesota this year. He leads the league with 33 strikeouts in 26 innings. His fastball average velocity was 95.4 miles (153.5 km), about two miles faster than last year. He is equipped with a sweeper, which is a major league fad this year, and throws the most after the fastball, leading to 50% of swings.