Michael Soroka of the Braves bids an emotional farewell to Atlanta after being traded by the White Sox.
Pitcher Michael Soroka writes a touching message to the Atlanta Braves following his trade to the Chicago White Sox.
Last Thursday, the Atlanta Braves made a trade that sent pitcher Michael Soroka to the Chicago White Sox. Soroka spent his first six years in the major leagues with Atlanta, so he was understandably upset when he learned of the trade that terminated his relationship with the club.
Soroka conveyed his gratitude to the Braves in a touching goodbye letter uploaded on X (previously Twitter).
“It has been a ride to say the least. From being drafted in ’15 you have embraced me and made me feel like I belonged in the A. I have always been proud to represent this city, and made sure to lay it on the line every time out. I wish so badly I could have been out there more these last three years. Thank you to everyone who believed in me, and continues to believe in me to learn and fight through the difficulties that this game brings. I have met and worked with some of the best people I will meet in my lifetime over these last 9 years, and I am thankful for every one. Thank you again for the continual support, and until we meet again.”
In exchange for Aaron Bummer, the Braves sent Soroka, a one-time All-Star (2019), to the White Sox along with Jared Shuster, Nicky Lopez, Braden Shewmake, and Riley Gowens.
Michael Soroka, who was injured in 2021 and 2022, made his return in 2023, going 2-2 with a 6.40 ERA in seven games (six starts) and 32.1 innings.