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The Royals, White Sox, and Dodgers worked out a three-way trade on Thursday evening. Here is how it breaks down for each team.
- Dodgers get reliever Scott Alexander (from Royals) and infielder Jake Peter (from White Sox).
- Royals get pitcher Trevor Oaks (from Dodgers) and infielder Erick Mejia (from Dodgers).
- White Sox get Joakim Soria (from Royals), Luis Avilan (from Dodgers), and $3 million.
Even though the six players involved aren’t impact players, they do provide some changes, especially to the back end of all three bullpens. Here is a look at how each team is affected.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Scott Alexander (7.7 K/9, 2.48 ERA, 74% GB%) probably has the most impact of any player traded. While not a strikeout machine, his 74% GB% means the opposing team will often need three or four hits to get a run home while not hitting into a double play. He’s probably Kenley Jansen’s setup man. While Jansen has been reliable, Alexander could end up with some saves if Jansen suffered an injury.
Alexander likely bumps Tony Cingrani or Ross Stripling down the depth chart. Neither were great closing options.
As for Jake Peter, he looks to be a Triple-A middle infield option with a small chance of getting a major league call as a bench bat.
Kansas City Royals
With the trade, the Royals lost their top two setup men. Now, it seems like Brandon Mauer will set up closer Kelvin Herrera. Mauer, or whoever ends up being the setup man, has a reasonable chance for saves since the Royals may look at trading Herrera if they’re not in contention.
Trevor Oaks projects to be a back-of-the-rotation, groundball, control-type pitcher. After the trade, MLB.com slots him in as the No. 19 prospect in a weak Royals system.
Erick Mejia is an athletic middle infielder who stole 28 bags in the minors last year with a 9% BB%. He could be a decent source for steals if the 23-year-old gets a call to the bigs.
Chicago White Sox
Joakim Soria (3.70 ERA and 10.3 K/9 last season) and Luis Avilan (2.93 ERA and 10.2 K/9) add some much-needed depth to the White Sox’s bullpen. While Juan Minaya projects to close for the Sox, he’s not a lockdown arm. Soria or Avilan could get some saves if/when Minaya struggles or goes on the DL.
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