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White Sox trade Keynan Middleton to Yankees in exchange for Juan Carela

The gregarious righty ran a 3.96 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 36 innings after signing a minor league deal this offseason

Keynan Middleton completely reversed the course of his career with the White Sox, and now moves on to the last-place Yankees for a playoff push.
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With Dylan Cease staying put after hovering over the hottest talk at the trade deadline for several days, the final deal of the White Sox 2023 sell-off has reliever Keynan Middleton headed to the Yankees in exchange for minor league pitcher Juan Carela.

Middleton was signed to a minor league deal prior to the season, and quickly established himself in a lackluster White Sox bullpen after he received the call on April 11. His 3.96 ERA has been inflated by a total of five earned runs over his last three outings, before which his ERA was a cool 2.91. He’ll be a free agent after this season.

Carela, 21, has made 16 starts for the Yankees’ High-A affiliate, posting a 3.67 ERA in a touch more than 87 innings. He was ranked their 29th-best prospect by MLB Pipeline, though that was his only list appearance. Per Pipeline’s Jim Callis, Carela throws a four-seamer and a sinker that sit in the low- to mid-90s, alongside a sweeper and a work-in-progress change up. He’ll likely report to Winston-Salem upon the completion of the trade.

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