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ICYMI: White Sox Acquire Relievers Joakim Soria, Luis Avilan In Three-Team Trade

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Time for another ICYMI piece!

This particular news broke earlier this month on January 4– almost four full weeks ago. We apologize for posting about it so late, but figured it should’ve been done anyway!

For the Chicago White Sox, they’re looking at an improved bullpen in 2018 after acquiring relievers Joakim Soria and Luis Avilan in a six-player, three-team trade with the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Here’s the details:

BEFORE THE TRADE
CWS- 2B Jake Peter
KC- LHP Scott Alexander, RHP Joakim Soria
LAD- LHP Luis Avilan, SS Erick Mejia, RHP Trevor Oaks

AFTER THE TRADE
CWS- Soria, Avilan
KC- Mejia, Oaks
LAD- Alexander, Peter

Chicago also received a combined $3 million in cash considerations from Kansas City and Los Angeles

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said the following in a conference call to MLB.com:

“Having some payroll flexibility, while other clubs are looking to create it, allowed us to perhaps minimize the amount of players that we had to give up in this deal. We still were able to receive some cash as part of the exchange, which obviously fits in sort of with our need to have the proper value on the players we are acquiring and not just simply absorb payroll for the sake of payroll.

“We’ve added some veteran options for the back end of the bullpen. It obviously provides us with some veteran depth, which allows us to protect and pace the development of some of our young players and provides us with some flexibility options over the course of the summer as things unfold.”

White Sox relievers posted a 4.28 ERA in 2017, fifth worst in the American League, while their 25 saves ranked last.

Soria, 33, posted a 3.70 ERA in 59 games for the Royals last year. In 11 Major League seasons since 2007, he’s posted a 2.86 ERA along with 204 saves (246 chances).

Avilan, 28, posted a 2.93 ERA in 61 games for the Dodgers in 2017, his sixth year in the league. Avilan’s best year came in 2013 for the Atlanta Braves, posting a 1.52 ERA in 75 games (fourth most in the National League).

Both Soria and Avilan have combined to appear in 902 games without making a start.

Alexander, 28, is the only other player in the deal with Major League experience. He’s pitched in parts of three seasons for Kansas City and is fresh off his best one, as he posted a 2.48 ERA in 58 games (79 career, since 2015) in 2017.

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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