According to announcements from both clubs, the Minnesota Twins have acquired right-hander A.J. Alexy from the Washington Nationals. Alexy had been designated for assignment by the Nationals last week. In exchange, right-hander Cristian Jimenez will be going to the Nats. To open a spot on their 40-man roster, the Twins have designated righty Oliver Ortega for assignment.
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Alexy, 25 in April, was a Dodgers draftee who went to the Rangers in the 2017 Yu Darvish trade. Since then, he’s posted some strong results in the minors but struggled to be as successful in the majors. He missed much of 2019 due to injury, and then the minor leagues were canceled in 2020, but he showed promise in 2021. He tossed 65 minor league innings between Double-A and Triple-A, posting a 1.66 ERA and a 29.8% strikeout rate.