The White Sox completed a three team trade Thursday evening, sending INF Jake Peter to the Dodgers for reliever Luis Avilan, reliever Joakim Soria from the Royals, and cash considerations ($2M from LA, $1M from KC).
In a few words, GM Rick Hahn has done it again. While many were high on Peter’s ability, the Sox essentially turned one decent, blocked prospect into two established big league arms (with control) to help boost their depleted bullpen. Also, both Avilan and Soria could be used as potential trade chips later this year, much like they did with Swarzak and Kahnle last season.
As Future Sox’ Brian Bilek pointed out, not only did the Sox improve their bullpen (a major point of emphasis going into this offseason) and gain trade pieces, but they also somehow made the Kansas City Royals worse.
It’s a genius deal by Rick Hahn that once again leaves you scratching your head.
As I mentioned above, many were high on Jake Peter’s potential as a guy possibly flying under the radar. But this is the price of doing business, and he was in all likelihood blocked in the infield by Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada.
Avilan and Soria’s numbers may not leap off the page, but they have both been pretty dang good in the past. Give Don Cooper a chance to reclaim and work with them, and we could be looking at two pretty salty relievers coming out of the bullpen for the Sox in 2018. At least, that’s the idea.