The White Sox have made their second trade of the 2017-18 offseason, acquiring a pair of relievers from the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers. The full details from Jon Morosi:
TRADE IS OFFICIAL: #WhiteSox acquire Luis Avilán, Joakim Soria and cash from #Dodgers for minor league INF Jake Peter; #Dodgers had acquired Soria and LHP Scott Alexander from #Royals for INF Erick Mejia and RHP Trevor Oaks. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 5, 2018
Soria, 33, had a bit of a renaissance in 2017 after being plagued by the gopher ball in the year prior. The right-hander worked almost exclusively in middle relief, with a 10.29 K/9 and 3.21 BB/9, and lowered his HR/9 from 1.35 to 0.16. As a result, Fangraphs estimated him as worth 1.7 WAR, while Baseball-Reference gave him 1.1 WAR. Soria is owed $10 million: $9 million for 2018, with a $10 million option for 2019 with a $1 million buyout.
Avilan, 28, is a left-handed reliever who pitched in 61 games for the Dodgers last year (and only 46 innings, so he’s LOOGYish), with 10.17 K/9 and 4.30 BB/9. He has two years of team control remaining via arbitration, and made $1.5 million in 2017.
With this trade, the Sox receive a significant boost to a bullpen that had no proven relievers available. The cost is Jake Peter, a jack of all trades who hit .279/.344/.417 between Birmingham and Charlotte last year. He’ll join the Dodgers in the swap, as will Kansas City’s Scott Alexander.