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White Sox add relievers Luis Avilan, Joakim Soria in three-team trade

White Sox add relievers Luis Avilan, Joakim Soria in three-team trade

The Kansas City Royals have a new pitcher and a new infielder after a three-way trade that sends pitchers Scott Alexander and Joakim Soria to new teams.

The other player the Royals will be receiving is Erick Mejia, who is a minor league infielder from the Dodgers organization. The Sox acquired Soria, Avilan and cash considerations from the Dodgers in exchange for infield prospect Jake Peter.

Avilan, 28, had been with the Dodgers for the last three seasons, and appeared in 61 games for the Boys in Blue in 2017, going 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA.

Alexander is moving to the Dodgers while Soria will join the White Sox as the two most significant pieces in the six-player trade.

Rosenthal added more context on the trade from the Dodgers' perspective, noting, "Alexander, a left-hander, will replace free agent Tony Watson in Dodgers' bullpen". The 33-year-old righty has 204 career saves. Oaks, who dealt with an oblique injury for much of the season, was 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 84 innings pitched.

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"This deal provides us with additional late-inning options as we look to solidify our bullpen", White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement.

Oaks, 24, was added to the Royals' 40-man roster.

Alexander was one of the top Royals relievers, coming off a season in which he threw 69 innings, notched four saves, and posted an ERA of 2.48. After leaving the Royals, Soria pitched for the Rangers, Tigers and Pirates before returning to Kansas City ahead of the 2016 season.

His ground-ball rate (73.3 percent) was the second-highest among major-league relievers last season and he induced 13 double-play grounders (second among AL relievers). In his 58 appearances the third-year reliever allowed 23 runs - 19 earned - on 62 hits, striking out 59 and walking 28 with opposing batters hitting.246.


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