Taylor Rogers – Left-Handed Relief Pitcher – Minnesota Twins
I rather hate what I’m about to write. It’s so cliche that I used to hate when talking heads would bring it up. However, the Astros do in-fact have a need for a lefty out of the pen. Framber Valdez and Reymin Guduan show promise, but have largely been ineffective as a shut-down arm out of the pen. All the while, Chris Devenski is still working at putting last year behind him and get back on the horse as a lefty neutralizer.
This leads to the Astros double-dipping. After scoring Ryan Pressly from the Twins last year at the deadline, the Astros could be poised to do it again and snap up the lefty Rogers.
Holding his own out of the Twins pen, Rogers has a penchant for striking out batters and keeping the ball in the ballpark, owning a 2.68 FIP and 13.2 SO/9. To compare him to the aforementioned Pressly, when the Astros acquired him, Pressly was pitching a fantastic 2.47 FIP with a 12.8 SO/9.
This would probably pose more difficult as the Twins look to be in the hunt for a playoff birth right now. If that were to change, Rogers could help the Astros down the stretch and in addition to the future. At 25 years old, he is controlled through the 2023 season so the prospects to be given up could pose costly.
Contract: 1 yr $1.53 million in 2019 – ARB eligible 2023
Twins Needs: SP, 1B
Likelihood of happening: Low to Medium