ANAHEIM – The Angels acquired RHP Lucas Giolito and RHP Reynaldo López from the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in exchange for Minor League LHP Ky Bush and C Edgar Quero.
Quero and Bush were the Angels’ 2nd- and 3rd-ranked prospects, per MLB Pipeline. Quero is No. 65 on the Top 100 prospects list.
Giolito, 29, is in his eighth Major League season and seventh with the White Sox. In 21 starts this season, he has gone 6-6 with a 3.79 ERA (121 IP – 51 ER) and his 131 strikeouts rank 10th in the American League. Since the start of June, he has allowed two-or-fewer earned runs in seven of his nine starts and ranks sixth in the A.L. with a .211 (41/194) BAA.
A native of Santa Monica, CA, Giolito was a first round selection (16th overall) in the 2012 Draft out of Harvard-Westlake HS in Los Angeles. He finished sixth in AL Cy Young Award voting in 2019, was seventh in 2020 and pitched a no-hitter on Aug. 25, 2020 vs. Pittsburgh. In 168 career games (166 starts), he has gone 59-53 with a 4.26 ERA (950.1 IP – 450 ER) and 1,004 strikeouts across his eight seasons with the Nationals (2016) and White Sox (2017-23).
López, 29, has appeared in 43 games in relief for the White Sox this season going 2-5 with a 4.29 ERA (42 IP – 20 ER) and four saves. Over his last 24 outings, the right-hander has fashioned a 1.75 ERA (25.2 IP – 5 ER), including a current streak of eight straight games without allowing a run. His 1.75 ERA since May 14th ranks sixth in the American League (min. 25 IP) while his .148 (13/103) BAA in that same span ranks second. Over eight big league seasons with the Nationals (2016) and White Sox (2017-23), López owns a lifetime 38-47 record with a 4.42 ERA (655.2 IP – 322 ER).
Bush, 23, has spent time with the ACL Angels and Double-A Rocket City in 2023, combining to go 1-4 with a 7.20 ERA (30 IP – 24 ER). The left-hander is 8-10 with a 4.47 ERA (145 IP – 72 ER) in three minor league seasons.
Quero, 20, owns a .245 (62/253) average with three home runs and 35 RBI with Double-A Rocket City this season. The backstop has appeared in 219 minor league games across three minor league seasons for the Angels, batting .280 (220/787) with 25 home runs.