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Milwaukee Brewers: Brewers trade for closer Joakim Soria


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 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.

He was arguably the best relief arm left once Brad Hand was traded to the Cleveland Indians and Zach Britton was dealt to the New York Yankees.

To gain this solid right-handed option out of the pen, the Brewers are giving up their 13th best prospect LHP Kodi Medeiros and 20-year-old RHP Wilber Perez.

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.