Chicago White Sox trade reliever Aaron Bummer to the Atlanta Braves in a 6-player deal

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Reliever Aaron Bummer is on the move.

The Chicago White Sox dealt the left-hander to the Atlanta Braves late Thursday for right-handed pitcher Mike Soroka, left-hander Jared Shuster, infielders Nicky Lopez and Braden Shewmake and right-hander Riley Gowens.

A long-standing presence in the bullpen, Bummer went 5-5 with a 6.79 ERA, 79 strikeouts and 15 holds in 61 appearances during 2023. He went 14-15 with a 3.84 ERA in 289 career outings during seven seasons with the Sox.

Soroka, 26, went 2-2 with a 6.40 ERA and 29 strikeouts in seven games (six starts) with the Braves. He spent most of the 2023 season with Triple-A Gwinnett, going 4-4 with a 3.41 ERA, 92 strikeouts and a .205 opponents average in 17 starts.

He finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2019 after going 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 29 starts.

Soroka has a 17-8 career record with a 3.32 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 44 games (43 games) during parts of four major-league seasons with the Braves. He suffered a torn right Achilles tendon on Aug. 3, 2020, and missed most of the following two seasons due to the injury.

Shuster, 25, went 4-3 with a 5.81 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 11 starts with the Braves and 5-6 with a 5.58 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 16 starts with Gwinnett in 2023.

Lopez, 29, had a combined .231/.326/.307 slash line with eight doubles, three triples, one homer, 25 RBIs, 26 walks and 32 runs in 94 games between the Kansas City Royals and Braves in 2023. He committed just two errors in 277 chances.

The Naperville North graduate has a career .249/.312/.319 slash line with 71 doubles, six home runs, 131 RBIs, 220 runs and 42 stolen bases in 546 games during five seasons with the Royals (2019-23) and Braves (2023).

Shewmake, 26, spent most of 2023 with Gwinnett, hitting .234 with 28 doubles, 16 home runs, 69 RBIs and 79 runs. He appeared in two games with the Braves.

Gowens, 24, went 1-1 with a 1.15 ERA and nine strikeouts in five games (three starts) between the Rookie League Braves and Class A Augusta in 2023. The Libertyville graduate was selected in the ninth round of the 2023 draft out of Illinois.

Soroka (No. 28 in 2015), Shuster (No. 25 in 2020) and Shewmake (No. 21 in 2019) were each former first-round picks of the Braves.


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