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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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Mariners to Sign Cory Gearrin

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year, Major League contract with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, according to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

The Mariners will now have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, thanks to the addition of Gearrin and Tim Beckham.

Gearrin, 32, was well traveled last season, spending time with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics, posting a combined 3.77 on the season.

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Mariners to Sign Tim Beckham

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with infielder Tim Beckham, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this winter, posted a slash line of .230/.287/.374 during the 2018 season.

It’s likely that Beckham will become a key utility contributor for Seattle moving forward.

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Rangers Sign Shelby Miller

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal with right hander Shelby Miller, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Miller, who has already passed his physical, missed most of the 2018 season due to numerous elbow issues, and underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2017, so there is risk involved with his signing.

Prior to the injuries, Miller was considered one of the major’s most promising young pitchers.

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