The Milwaukee Brewers have spent the past month in the perpetual realm of trade rumors. They have yet to enter the actual trade realm, until today, when they acquired two-time All-Star closer, Joakim Soria.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com was first to report the trade.
Although the Brewers bullpen has already been one of, if not the, best relief core in the majors, a depleted and struggling starting rotation has led them to be overworked for stretches of 2018.
Soria instantly brings relief and veteran playoff experience.
For the White Sox thus far in 2018, Soria has a 1.4 WAR. Comparing to Brewers pitchers he is below Josh Hader for the team lead, but tied with Jeremy Jeffress for second among Brewers relief pitchers.
With current closer Corey Knebel struggling with command issues, we could see Soria begin to eat into his ninth-inning work.
In 38.2 innings of work, he has allowed 11 earned runs, earned 16 saves, and posted a career-high 11.41 strikeouts per nine innings. He also has only given up only two runs since May 21, over 24.1 innings.
Medeiros is the real grab for the White Sox as he projects to be a solid bullpen option down the line. Medeiros was at Double-A Biloxi for the Brewers organization.