While most of the trade market has been somewhat stagnant, one area that has seen a ton of movement has been the relief pitching market. With starters going less deep into games in recent years, a strong bullpen is arguably more important than ever and contenders are scrambling to get reliable relievers into the fold.
Such is the case with the Brewers. They have been slipping of late and while they do have a strong bullpen anchor in Josh Hader, he has been dealing with a lot of self-inflicted scrutiny of late and, moreover, a team cannot have enough good relievers. As a result, the Brewers pulled the trigger to acquire a pretty good one.
Source: Brewers getting Joakim Soria.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 26, 2018
Joakim Soria has put together a fine season for the White Sox with a 2.56 ERA and 2.15 FIP while striking out 49 batters in 38.2 IP in 2018. Given the White Sox current status as a rebuilding team and the state of the reliever market, this couldn't have come at a better time for Chicago who got two prospects back in the deal.
Getting two pitching prospects including a guy in Medeiros who is the Brewers' 13th ranked prospect for a reliever in his mid-30's and has a $10 million option for 2019 isn't a bad deal.