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Red Sox acquire infielder Mike Aviles from Royals

Jul 30, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

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Worried about their infield depth with Jed Lowrie absent, the Red Sox acquired utilityman Mike Aviles from the Royals for infielder Yamaico Navarro and right-hander Kendal Volz on Saturday.

Aviles, who opened the season as the Royals’ primary third baseman, has hit .286/.317/.417 in 1,148 at-bats over the last four seasons.  He’s capable of playing shortstop in addition to second and third, though he’s not really an asset there.  What he does do is pummel lefties: he’s hit .296/.343/.464 against them in his career.

To bring in the insurance policy, the Red Sox surrendered Navarro, a 23-year-old who took a big step forward last year to turn himself into a candidate to start in the majors.  He had spent some time on Boston’s bench this year, hitting .216/.275/.351 in 37 at-bats.  Much more encouraging is his .265/.356/.486 line in 181 Triple-A at-bats the last two seasons.

Still, Navarro wasn’t ever likely to crack Boston’s lineup as a starter.  He may have more luck in Kansas City someday, though he will be behind Alcides Escobar at short and Mike Moustakas at third.  Having picked up some outfield time this year, he may prove to be a great fit in a super-utility role.

Volz didn’t rank among Boston’s better pitching prospects.  The 2009 ninth-round pick was moved to the pen at high-A Salem this year and had a 3.33 ERA and a 56/12 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.

Aviles will be arbitration eligible for the first time this winter.  The Red Sox will control his rights through 2014, so not only can he help out this year, but he can step in for free-agent-to-be Marco Scutaro next year.

  1. JBerardi - Jul 30, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Umm… why did the Red Sox just trade the Navarro for the older, crappier version of himself?

    • Ari Collins - Jul 30, 2011 at 3:33 PM

      Aviles is probably a better backup.

      Seems like they could have gotten more for a decent prospect than a backup infielder, but Navarro’s no sure thing, and Aviles is. Even if Aviles is only sure to be a capable backup.

      Eh.

  2. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 30, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Navarro is not ready to be an everyday infielder , no way , he looks terrible out there .

  3. patsandsox - Jul 30, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    WHO?? Um this helps the Sox how?

    • ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 30, 2011 at 3:58 PM

      You can’t expect every pick up to be a huge star , they didn’t give up much , and they got a decent player in return , he is not great by any means , but he is hitting .309 this year against leftys , i would assume that is a high reason , and he is 10 for 12 stealing bases , just a minor acquisition no need to get riled up .

  4. randall351 - Jul 30, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    HA HA HA HA HA HA !!! This is the best possible news a Royals fan could have during the trade deadline. To actually get something in return for Aviles is amazing, I would have loved if they just dumped him.
    Enjoy having such a bad player on your team, at least you won’t have to worry about him being a “regular”, he cashed in on 1 good season, much like Angel Berrora, and he’s every bit of a terrible player as him as well.
    Praise the Baseball Gods!! This makes me happier than knowing that Betancourt got thrown into the Greinke trade. I’m as happy as a puppy with two peters!
    You can try and sweeten it up with the oh “well he’s decent against lefties”, he also as 10 errors this season to go with those 10 stolen bases.
    Time to go do some celebratory shots!!

  5. ajbarrell - Jul 30, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    he doesn’t just hit lefties “decent” he crushes them. On the royals hes a waste but a team like the redsox they can use him in certain spots and he will be an amazing bench/utility player for them. Getting a cost controlled infielder that destroys lefties for a mehish blocked player is an example of why the redsox are one of the best run teams in baseball.

    • normswifevera - Jul 30, 2011 at 4:53 PM

      Said by someone who doesn’t have the first clue who Mike Aviles is.

      Aviles is the very definition of hot garbage. He’s a disaster in the field. He has the speed to be a solid baserunner, but completely lacks the smarts. If he doesn’t lead the majors in getting picked off at first base, it’s only because not playing every day has limited his chances.

      And for the talk of how he hits against lefties, his bat is only an asset when he plays every day and can get into one of his hot streaks. As a guy off the bench, he’s not just useless, he’s arguably a negative.

    • randall351 - Jul 30, 2011 at 6:08 PM

      You clearly have no clue what you are talking about. Not sure how a guy can crush anything, when the best year he had was 10 home runs…for the year. He not only has the second lowest batting average on the team, Moose being the worst, he has the worst fielding percentage on the team.
      He would be classified as a waste on any team, it’s just that with the Royals he’s had waaaayy to much playing time, which with any other team he never would have gotten.
      Angel Berrora incarnate, just watch, 2 years from now he’ll be trolling around in the Independent Leagues.

  6. pisano - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Sounds like boy blunder (Theo) made some great moves today. The Royal fans seem elated with the move and Harden, if his history holds true to form will be joining the others of the rotation on the DL sometime soon. On the bright side Boston still has Lackey to count on (to fall on his ass) every fifth day.

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