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White Sox get Diekman from Boston for McGuire

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The White Sox and Red Sox finalized a deal on Monday that sent lefty reliever Jake Diekman to Chicago and catcher Reese McGuire plus a player to be named to Boston.

The 35-year-old Diekman, who has a 4.23 ERA in 44 appearances this season, is in the midst of a two-year deal that runs through 2023 and includes a $4 million club option for ’24. McGuire, 27, has hit .225/.261/.285 this year and is under club control through 2025.

Diekman, 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, has limited opponents to a .203 (27-133) average in 2022, including a .188 (9-48) mark with zero home runs allowed to left-handers. He has not allowed a homer to the last 113 lefties he has faced.

Diekman is 25-26 with a 3.77 ERA (207 ER/494.1 IP), 632 strikeouts (11.51 per 9.0 IP), 15 saves and 167 holds over 11 major-league seasons with Philadelphia (2012-15), Texas (2015-18), Arizona (2018), Kansas City (2019), Oakland (2019-21) and the Red Sox (2022). He leads all active lefties in holds and ranks fourth in appearances.

Diekman has made 60-plus appearances in a season six times (70-plus three times) and has recorded 15-plus holds in a season six times, tying for the MLB lead with 31 in 2019. Since 2019, he leads all MLB relievers with 70 holds and is tied for third with 208 appearances. Diekman has 13 games of postseason experience with the Rangers (2015-16) and A’s (2019-20).

Diekman agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for 2024 on March 16, 2022.

McGuire, 27, is batting .225/.261/.285 (34-151) with nine doubles, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored in 53 games this season, his first with the White Sox.

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