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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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Angels Closing in on Historic Extension with Mike Trout

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The Los Angeles Angels are nearing a historic contract extension with superstar outfielder Mike Trout that would set the record for the largest contract in professional sports.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels and Trout are working towards a new 12-year pact that could be worth more than $340 million, nullifying his current contract.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin, Trout’s new potential deal includes a $36 million salary in each new year.

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Yankees Sign Gio Gonzalez

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The New York Yankees have bolstered their rotation, which has been hit hard by injuries this spring, and have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Gonzalez’s new deal is likely a minors deal.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Gonzalez would make $3 million in the majors via a games-started incentives outline that could elevate his earnings, and the deal comes with an opt-out for April 20th if Gonzalez doesn’t make the team out of spring training..

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Rangers’ Yohander Mendez Diagnosed With UCL Sprain

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Texas Rangers left hander Yohander Mendez has been diagnosed with a grade one sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Mendez, who avoided having to undergo Tommy John surgery, is expected to miss half of the 2019 season as he recovers.

Mendez, 24, could return as early as mid-June, if all goes well in his rehabilitation.

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