Atlanta gives up five players to White Sox, recruits left-hander Vermeer

The Atlanta Braves have completed a mega-trade with the Chicago White Sox.

Atlanta announced on Sunday that it has agreed to a trade with the White Sox involving six players.

The Braves announced that they have agreed to a deal to acquire left-hander Aaron Bummer (30) from the White Sox, sending right-hander Michael Soroka (26), left-hander Jared Schuster (25), infielders Ricky Lopez (28) and Brayden Schumaker (26), and minor league right-hander Riley Gowens (24).

Bummer was selected by the White Sox in the 19th round of the 2014 draft. He broke into the big leagues in 2017 and went 14-15 with a 3.84 ERA in 289 appearances over seven seasons.

In 2023, he pitched 58 1/3 innings in 61 games with a 6.79 ERA. He posted a 1.526 WHIP, 0.6 walks per nine innings, 5.6 strikeouts and 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings. He appeared in 18 save situations and recorded 15 holds.굿모닝토토 도메인

His fielding-independent FIP was 3.58, with a 2.7% strikeout rate that ranked in the 99th percentile of the league and a 60.1% ground ball induction rate that ranked in the 97th percentile, according to the Braves.

He had agreed to a five-year, $16 million contract with the White Sox through 2024. It includes team options for the 2025 ($7.25 million) and 2026 ($7.5 million) seasons.

Soroka is a former first-round draft pick in 2015. He became the youngest Opening Day starter in franchise history in 2020 at 22 years, 354 days old, but suffered a serious injury that year, rupturing his Achilles tendon after just three games.

He spent the next two years rehabbing before returning in 2023 to pitch 32 1/3 innings in seven games with a 6.40 ERA.

Schuster was a first-round pick in the 2020 draft. He made his big league debut last season, starting 11 games and going 4-3 with a 5.81 ERA in 52 2/3 innings pitched.

Lopez was acquired from the Kansas City Royals in a trade in late July. In 93 games between Kansas City and Atlanta this season, Lopez batted .231 with a .326 on-base percentage, .307 slugging percentage, 25 RBI, and six stolen bases. He can play a variety of defensive positions.

Schmidt, a former first-round pick in the 2019 draft, played just two games in the big leagues this season. In 122 games at Triple-A, he batted .234 with a .299 on-base percentage, .407 slugging percentage, 16 home runs and 69 RBIs.

Gowens, a ninth-round pick in the 2023 draft, appeared in five games between Rookie and Single-A this season, allowing three runs (two earned) in 15 2/3 innings.

Atlanta made the trade to add a proven bullpen arm while simultaneously clearing out a number of prospects whose development had been limited.

The rebuilding White Sox have added a number of immediate arms to help them through the dark days.

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