Late Night Braves Trade Brings Bummer to Atlanta, Soroka to Chicago

Overnight, while Atlanta slept, the Braves made a huge trade that will impact their pitching prospects.

The Braves acquired left-handed pitcher Aaron Bummer from the Chicago White Sox, in a trade for the Braves right-handed pitcher Michael Soroka. Also heading to Chicago are left-handed pitcher Jared Shuster, infielders Nicky Lopez and Braden Shewmake, and minor-league right-handed pitcher Riley Gowens.

Bummer’s professional baseball career started in 2017 with the White Sox. He has a 14-15 record with the club and a 3.84 ERA (116 Er/272 P) over the 289 games he has played. 30-year-old Bummer has 309 strikeouts and 5 saves with the Sox. He was drafted to the team three years earlier.

He was 5-5 with a 6.79 ERA last season.

Soroka was one of the team’s most popular pitchers in the years he spent with the Braves, but injuries hindered his time with the club. In 2020, he tore his right Achilles tendon, causing him to be off the mound for two seasons. He posted a 6.40 ERA last season over six starts but was on the injured list most of September as the pennant race was heating up due to right forearm inflammation.

But as he posted a 6.40 ERA over seven appearances (six starts) and missed most of September because of right forearm inflammation

This move opens three spots in the Braves 40-man roster.