Padres acquire two-time batting champ Luis Arraez from Marlins

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The San Diego Padres obtained two-time batting champ Luis Arraez from the Miami Marlins along with almost $7.9 million on Saturday in a offer for 4 gamers that left the Padres accountable just for the significant league minimum income.

First baseman Nathan Martorella, outfielders Dillon Head and Jakob Marsee, and right-hander Woo-Suk Go were dealt to the Marlins for the 2nd baseman, who won the 2022 AL batting title with Minnesota and the 2023 NL crown with the Marlins.

Miami is paying San Diego $7,898,602 of the $8,491,398 staying for the last 149 days of Arraez’s $10.6 million income. That left his expense to the Padres at $592,796 — precisely a prorated share of the $740,000 minimum.

Arraez, who turned 27 last month, can endupbeing a totallyfree representative after the 2025 World Series.

Miami had stated Friday night the offer was pending a evaluation of medical info.

A two-time All-Star, Arráez is striking .299 with 8 doubles, one triple, 5 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 33 videogames this season. The 27-year-old has hit securely in 17 of his last 21 videogames after start the season with a .234 average over his veryfirst 12 videogames.

Arráez endedup 8th in NL MVP ballot last year after setting profession highs in typical, strikes (203), home runs (10) and RBIs (69). He likewise hit for his veryfirst profession cycle on April 11 last year at Philadelphia.

Since making his significant league launching in 2019, Arráez leads significant league gamers with a .324 average. He has hit over .300 in 4 of his 5 previous significant league seasons and endedupbeing the veryfirst gamer to win a batting title in both leagues in successive seasons.

There was likewise some shock in the Padres’ clubhouse after their 7-1 success over the Diamondbacks on Friday night, though it was for better factors.

“It’s actually incredible — that guy is a baller,” San Diego slugger Fernando Tatis Jr. stated about Arraez. “He’s mostlikely the closest to Tony Gwynn right now, so looking forward to seeing him in our lineup. … The guy’s a pure player and I can’t wait for him to aid us.”

San Diego started Saturday 4 1/2 videogames behind the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

Gwynn won 8 batting titles for the Padres throughout his Hall of Fame profession from 1982 to 2001.

Arráez, who was traded by the Twins to Miami for Pablo López in January2023 made his method through the Marlins’ dugout at the Coliseum shaking hands and offering hugs and farewells.

“Great colleague,” Schumaker stated. “So of course, yeah, I believe that it’s human nature that there’s an preliminary shock worth when it takesplace. Again, absolutelynothing’s main, however when he gets pulled out of the lineup these guys aren’t dumb, they understand what’s going on. I believe that the preliminary shock aspect is absolutely real and ideally it goes away in a couple days or tomorrow or whatever it is since we understand it’s a service and you’re paid here to come here and win videogames and be expert.”

Martorella was playing in a Double-A videogame for San Antonio and at 2nd base when he eliminated from the videogame, puzzled atfirst inthepast stating his farewells. He was batting .294 with 6 doubles, 2 homers and 14 RBIs.

Go, 25, concurred to a $4.5 million, two-year offer with the Padres throughout the offseason after 7 seasons with the LG Twins in South Korea and was 0-2 with a 4.38 ERA in 10 relief looks at San Antonio.

Head, 19, was striking .237 with one homer and 9 RBIs at Class A Lake Elsinore.

Marsee, 22, was batting .176 with 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 12 taken bases at San Antonio. He was MVP of the Arizona Fall League last year.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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