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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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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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Yandy Diaz

The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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