Rogers agreed to a one-year, $1.525 million deal with the Twins, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Coming off a season in which he logged a 2.63 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and the first two MLB saves of his career, Rogers certainly deserved to finally crack the seven-figure threshold. The Twins have one of the more hazy ninth-inning situations at this time, with Trevor May, Blake Parker and Rogers all entering camp with a semi-realistic shot of getting saves at the outset of the season.
Rogers struck out two in a clean ninth inning to pick up the save against the White Sox on Tuesday. Rogers came into the ninth with a three-run lead and got two swinging strikeouts and a groundout to record his second save on the year. Rogers got the save opportunity over Trevor Hildenberger on Aug. 17 and got it once again Tuesday. Hildenberger would still appear to be the favorite option, but it seems Rogers may continue to see some chances depending on the matchups and workloads. The lefty sports a 3.44 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 57 appearances this season.
Rogers got the final out in Friday's win over Detroit to record his first career save. Matt Magill got the chance to save the game in the top of the ninth inning, but gave up run and three baserunners before Rogers came into the game. While Trevor Hildenberger has three saves since the trade of Fernando Rodney, it looks like the Twins may give other relievers some save chances as they look toward 2019. However, Rogers may not get many more chances since he best fits as a lefty set-up man.
Rogers threw a scoreless inning in Monday's loss at Pittsburgh in his first appearance of the regular season. Rogers came into the game in the fifth inning which could indicate he'll have a slightly reduced role this season. His 30 holds led all of baseball last season, but he may not be used in as many high-leverage roles with the Twins adding Addison Reed, Fernando Rodney and Zach Duke. Rogers looked sharp after a struggling somewhat in spring training (6.57 ERA but 15 K in 12.1 innings).
Rogers gave up a run and three hits in one inning in Friday's spring training outing, but got a hold in the win. He's given up three runs in 5.3 innings this spring but with seven strikeouts and one walk. Spring training stats are unlikely to matter for Rogers as he's set to make the bullpen as the top lefty reliever. He moved from being a lefty specialist in 2016 to the primary eighth-inning setup man for much of 2017. His 30 holds led all of baseball last season. Rogers dominates lefties (.560 OPS allowed in 2017) and improved slightly against righties last year (.766 OPS allowed vs. an .811 OPS allowed in 2016). He may have a slightly reduced role this season with the signing of Addison Reed, but he'll still figure prominently in the late innings.