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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.

In two separate trades, White Sox send Tyler Saladino to Milwaukee and bring back Trayce Thompson


In two separate trades, White Sox send Tyler Saladino to Milwaukee and bring back Trayce Thompson

The White Sox made a pair of surprising moves Thursday, sending one player out of town and bringing a familiar face back to the organization.

Infielder Tyler Saladino was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations, and outfielder Trayce Thompson was acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics, the White Sox sending cash considerations to the A’s in that deal.

Saladino spent the last four seasons on the South Side, putting up a .231/.281/.330 career slash line in his 246 games in a White Sox uniform. Despite his versatility on the infield, he didn’t have much room to play this season, with Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez firmly in place at second base, shortstop and third base, respectively. Saladino made just nine plate appearances in the team’s first 15 games this season.

The 27-year-old Thompson, meanwhile, was just designated for assignment by the A’s, who the White Sox just concluded a three-game set with Wednesday. Thompson made his major league debut with the White Sox in 2015 and played 44 games that season, slashing .295/.363/.533. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the three-team deal that brought Todd Frazier to the South Side.

He started spring training this year with the Dodgers before getting designated for assignment, claimed by the New York Yankees and then claimed by the A’s. He had seven plate appearances with Oakland.

The White Sox did not announce whether or not Thompson will take Saladino’s vacated spot on the 25-man roster. The White Sox have been using Leury Garcia as their fourth outfielder in addition to Nicky Delmonico, Adam Engel and Avisail Garcia. Without Saladino, the White Sox would initially seem to have no reserve infielder, though Leury Garcia has the versatility to play on the infield, as well, meaning Thompson could be the team’s new fourth outfielder and Leury Garcia its new backup infielder.

For the rebuilding White Sox, Thompson becomes another young player who could perform well enough to impress the front office and work himself into consideration for its long-term plans. While the minor leagues is bursting at the seams with talent outfield prospects — Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Micker Adolfo, Luis Alexander Basabe, Blake Rutherford, Luis Gonzalez, Ryan Cordell, Charlie Tilson and Daniel Palka — perhaps Thompson can take advantage of a new opportunity and add his name to that list.

White Sox set Opening Day roster


White Sox set Opening Day roster

The White Sox roster is set for Opening Day.

There weren't any surprises, but we now officially have the 25 men who will begin the season as the White Sox major league club.

The South Siders are carrying 13 pitchers, with an expected rotation of James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Miguel Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer. The bullpen features Luis Avilan, Aaron Bummer, Danny Farquhar, Gregory Infante, Nate Jones, Juan Minaya, Hector Santiago and Joakim Soria.

Santiago, who was signed to a minor league deal at the outset of spring training, had his contract officially purchased Wednesday afternoon. He's expected to be the long man and the first option should the White Sox need to fill a hole in the rotation.

As for who will be the closer, Rick Renteria said Wednesday that he has several guys that can do it and that there won't be one set guy with that role. He more extensively talked about Soria and Jones but mentioned Minaya and Infante, as well, among others.

The final unresolved position battle of camp was who was going to backup Welington Castillo at catcher, but that decision was made for Renteria and the White Sox, who put Kevan Smith on the disabled list Wednesday. That means backup backstop duties go to Omar Narvaez.

Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Matt Davidson, Yoan Moncada, Tyler Saladino and Yolmer Sanchez are listed as the team's infielders, while Nicky Delmonico, Adam Engel, Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia are listed as outfielders. Leury Garcia is somewhat interestingly grouped with the outfielders despite his ability to play all over the field.

In another roster move, the White Sox officially placed Carlos Rodon on the disabled list. He's recovering from shoulder surgery that brought his 2017 season to an early end. His return date remains unknown, though the White Sox were happy with his progress at last update.