By Blake Froling
The Milwaukee Brewers traded for Chicago White Sox reliever Joakim Soria this afternoon, according to both teams.
Soria, 34, is off to a strong start as the Sox closer with a 2.56 ERA in 38 2/3 innings with 49 strikeouts and 16 saves. He’ll join an already stingy Brewers bullpen that sports the third-best ERA in the National League.
In exchange for Soria and cash considerations, the White Sox received left-hander Kodi Medeiros and right-hander Wilber Perez. Medieros, 22, is currently in double-A with an ERA of 3.14 and Perez, 20, is in the Dominican Summer League with a 2.41 ERA.
According to general manager David Stearns, this might not be the last move Milwaukee makes.
After getting Soria for the ‘pen, David Stearns said the Brewers remain “active and engaged” with Tuesday’s 3pm CT nonwaiver Trade Deadline approaching. Middle infield, starting pitching appear Milwaukee’s top targets.
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With starting pitcher Brent Suter on the shelf with Tommy John surgery and Zach Davies and Jimmy Nelson on the DL, starting pitching would be the next logical target for Milwaukee. They’re currently 2.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central and one game ahead in the wild card standings.
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