SAN FRANCISCO — Joakim Soria has been traded enough times to understand there are always significant adjustments with a new team, like no longer being a closer now that he has joined the contending Milwaukee Brewers. For a third time in his 11-year big league career, the reliever has moved to a team in the middle of the playoff chase near the trade deadline. This time, he’ll be part of the NL Central race after the Chicago White Sox traded him to Milwaukee. “It gets easier.
MILWAUKEE — Two-time All-Star closer Joakim Soria was acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers from the Chicago White Sox on Thursday for a pair of pitching prospects, left-hander Kodi Medeiros and right-hander Wilber Perez. As part of the trade, Chicago will send Milwaukee $1,064,516 to cover part of the $4,145,161 remaining in the guaranteed portion of Soria’s $25 million, three-year contract. Soria has a $9 million salary this year, and his deal includes a $10 million mutual
CHICAGO — Mookie Betts and the major league-leading Red Sox are on pace for 100-plus wins. Same for Aaron Judge and the Yankees, and the World Series champion Astros, too. The Orioles, White Sox and Royals are on track to lose more than 100. It’s the haves and the have-nots as baseball returns after the All-Star break. “There’s a few good teams out there that they’re going to make it interesting in the second half,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.