Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins hats and gloves sit on the steps of the dugout before the MLB Interleague game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Minnesota Twins at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Minnesota Twins At Cincinnati Reds

It’s very rare that the sports world sees a trade that benefits both teams. There’s usually one clear winner and one clear loser.

However, the Miami Marlins-Minnesota Twins blockbuster trade which saw Luis Arraez and Pablo Lopez traded for one another back in January, has seemingly benefitted both sides. The Marlins’ second baseman is hitting .471/.526/.647 with a 1.173 OPS, while Lopez has pitched to a 1.73 ERA in his first four starts with the Twins.

On Monday, news broke that Lopez is closing in on a contract extension with the Twins. Craig Mish of SportsGrid and the Miami Herald first reported the news that Lopez was close to a four-year, $73.5 million contract extension, which is expected to be finalized soon.

In 26 innings pitched this season, Lopez has pitched to a 1-1 record and struck out 33 batters.

The MLB world reacted to the huge Twins news on social media:

“The Twins extending Pablo López for 4 years/$73.5 million is a great deal for both sides,” Twins Talk on Twitter said. “Locked up their best pitcher long term and he’s only 27. From everything we’ve seen so far, this was the correct decision.”

“Yessss. This is a good value given how he’s pitched like am absolute #1 starter this year,” said a Twins fan on Twitter.

“That Arraez trade is looking very good for both sides,” another Twins fan wrote. “This is fantastic.”

“This is a heist man,” tweeted Ryan Garica.”

“well-deserved for Lopez. and really smart for the Twins,” Senior MLB writer Ryan Fagan said.

[Craig Mish]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.