Brewers acquire closer Joakim Soria from White Sox
Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers already have one of the strongest bullpens in the National League, but they are not standing pat at the trade deadline as they hope to gear up for a deep postseason run.

On Thursday, the Brewers acquired veteran relief pitcher Joakim Soria in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.

Soria has 16 saves for the 36-win White Sox this year, and he has been one of the most dependable bullpen arms in baseball for several years. His ERA was up a bit with the Kansas City Royals the past two seasons, but he has it back down to 2.56 this season on a Chicago team that has not been anywhere near contention.

The Brewers currently rank fifth in the majors with a bullpen ERA of 3.31, but you can never have enough relievers late in the season and into October. Milwaukee is currently 2.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs and battling for the NL Central crown, and Soria should give them a nice back-end piece to help finish off games.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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