Joakim Soria

Some 2018 White Sox got to celebrate a division championship in Chicago

Some 2018 White Sox got to celebrate a division championship in Chicago

The 100-loss White Sox didn't have much to celebrate as their season came to a close this weekend. But some of their players were among baseball's biggest partiers — and they did it Chicago, no less.

The White Sox made three separate trades with the Milwaukee Brewers this season, and three guys who started the year on the South Side ended the regular season by celebrating a division championship on the other side of town, thanks to Monday's victory over the Cubs in the dramatic Game 163.

Joakim Soria and Xavier Cedeno, two of the trio of ex-2018 White Sox, pitched in the same inning of Tuesday's game. Cedeno had some trouble, allowing a base hit and a walk, but Soria came on after him in the sixth inning and struck out Javy Baez to end one of the Cubs' few threats on the afternoon.

Both relievers gave props to the White Sox during the postgame celebration in the visiting clubhouse, and you can see what they — and Tyler Saladino, who was dealt away from the White Sox way back in April and played in 52 games for the Brewers this season — had to say in the video above.

Cedeno has been a strong addition to an already fearsome Brewers bullpen. He's allowed just one run in his 15 appearances. Soria hasn't fared quite as well, with a 4.09 ERA in 26 appearances, but he might have saved the game and the division title with his strikeout of Baez on Monday.

They're not the only two former White Sox arms in that relief corps, either. While they're the only ones sent directly from the South Side to Beer City this season, ex-White Sox hurlers Dan Jennings and Matt Albers are on the squad, too. And starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, another midseason addition by the Brewers, has the distinction of being traded away from the White Sox organization twice (first for Jim Thome and then for Nick Swisher), both before he made his major league debut.

So while many White Sox fans would surely never think of reveling in a Cubs loss — cough, cough — at least they had something to celebrate Monday, with some former White Sox winning a division title.

Where does Kodi Medeiros, pitching prospect acquired in Joakim Soria trade, rank in White Sox farm system?


Where does Kodi Medeiros, pitching prospect acquired in Joakim Soria trade, rank in White Sox farm system?

There's a new prospect in the loaded White Sox farm system. How does he fit in with all the names South Side baseball fans have grown to know and love?

Kodi Medeiros was one of two pitching prospects acquired in Thursday's trade that sent Joakim Soria to the Milwaukee Brewers, the higher-rated of the pair, which also included 20-year-old Wilber Perez.

Medeiros was a first-round pick back in 2014, the 12th player selected in that year's draft and the highest-selected Hawaiian high schooler ever. Prior to Thursday's deal, he ranked as a top-15 prospect in the Brewers' system. The White Sox system is more highly ranked, more populated with highly touted prospects, leading MLB Pipeline to place Medeiros as the No. 19 prospect in the organization.

Medeiros has a 3.14 ERA this season at the Double-A level, and it's been the best season of his minor league career. Last season, he pitched for Class A Carolina and finished with a 4.98 ERA in 128.1 innings. In 2016, he posted a 5.93 ERA in 85 innings.

Medeiros has been very good of late. Since back-to-back five-run outings in late May, he's got a 2.04 ERA in his last nine outings, eight of which have been starts, though the lone relief appearance in there lasted five innings.

Add another name to the crowded list of candidates to fill the White Sox rotation of the future. Carlos Rodon, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez are pitching at the big league level. Michael Kopech and Jordan Stephens are pitching at Triple-A Charlotte. Medeiros figures to join Dylan Cease, Dane Dunning and Alec Hansen at Double-A Birmingham. Blake Battenfield and Jimmy Lambert are pitching at Class A Winston-Salem.

Medeiros is the fourth prospect added since the beginning of June to slide into the top 20 in the White Sox system, joining 2018 draftees Nick Madrigal (No. 4), Steele Walker (No. 12) and Konnor Pilkington (No. 18).

After dealing away their most attractive trade chip, what's next for White Sox at deadline?

After dealing away their most attractive trade chip, what's next for White Sox at deadline?

The White Sox made their first move of trade-deadline season Thursday, trading away Joakim Soria in exchange for a couple pitching prospects in a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.

OK, South Side baseball fans might be thinking, so what's next?

Last summer, Rick Hahn was busy finalizing trade after trade and shipping a big chunk of the major league roster out of town. Jose Quintana, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, Anthony Swarzak, Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, Dan Jennings, Miguel Gonzalez and Tyler Clippard were all traded away.

Hahn has already cautioned that this deadline will be different, the reality of where the team is in its rebuilding process. He had a lot of major league talent worth trading away last season. This season, not so much because the focus has shifted to development rather than acquisition. But are there more deals to come this summer?

Soria was the most obvious candidate to go given his terrific performance over the last two and a half months. He's got a 0.74 ERA since May 21, allowing scoring in just one outing in that span. Bullpen help is often at the top of many contenders' wishlists at this time of year, and Soria was talked about as one of the most attractive names on the relief-pitching market.

That's not to say that the White Sox had only Soria to trade or that any other player to get plucked by a contending team looking for depth would come as a surprise. But Soria was in a separate tier from the rest of his potentially tradeable teammates.

James Shields could draw some interest. He doesn't seem like a top-of-the-rotation addition to a team in a playoff chase, but he could provide valuable starting-pitching depth and the experience of pitching in two World Series. Shields' season has been a mixed bag. He finished April with a 6.14 ERA but turned in a combined 3.59 ERA in May and June. July has been more up and down, with three good starts and two rough ones, including Wednesday's in Anaheim, when he was tagged for six runs in four innings.

Bullpen arms Xavier Cedeno and Luis Avilan aren't as high-profile as Soria, though they're worth mentioning. Cedeno's been very good, with a 1.35 ERA in his 17 appearances, while Avilan hasn't been quite as dominant, with a 4.08 ERA in 45 appearances.

Then there are big bats Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu, who keep finding their names in trade speculation regardless of how realistic a deal might be.

Garcia figures to be the more expendable of the two given the organization's incredible wealth of outfield prospects. He's been on the disabled list twice this season with hamstring injuries, but since returning from the first and longest of those two stints — he was sidelined for two months — he's got a .298/.307/.702 slash line with nine home runs and 18 RBIs in 22 games. That could attract teams in need of outfield help.

Abreu, meanwhile, is having a down year by his high standards, slashing .255/.318/.443 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs after putting up at least 25 homers, 100 RBIs, a .290 batting average and a .345 on-base percentage in each of his first four major league seasons. But the main reason a trade would seem unlikely is how glowingly the White Sox talk about him and how highly they value him as a clubhouse presence and a role model for their many young players. Abreu is especially close to second baseman Yoan Moncada, one of the stars of this rebuild, and his incredible track record of production could make him, despite his advancing age, a valuable bat when the team is once again competing for championships.

The most obvious trade chip might have been played, but there could still be more deals on the South Side this summer.