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Royals trade Aviles to Red Sox

Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:20 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 3:48 pm
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By Matt Snyder

The Red Sox acquired an infielder Saturday, but it wasn't quite the splash some Red Sox fans might be looking for. The Royals have traded shorstop/third baseman/second baseman Mike Aviles to the Red Sox for Yamaico Navarro and Kendal Volz (Danny Knobler via Twitter).

Obviously, with Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis at second and third, respectively, the Red Sox will primarily use Aviles as the occasional shortstop and to provide depth. An interesting note is that Friday Aviles voiced displeasure about his utility role with the Royals, yet he's going to have the same role for the Red Sox. Maybe playing for a contender will change his tune. We'll see.

Aviles, 30, is hitting .222 with five homers, 31 RBI, 10 stolen bases and a .656 OPS. He hit .304 last season, so there's some potential there to aid the lineup.

Navarro, 23, also plays second, short and third. He hit .216/.275/.351 in 40 plate appearances for the Red Sox this season. He also spent time in Triple-A, where he hit .258 with an .831 OPS.

Volz, 23, is a right-handed pitcher in high Class A, where he's 2-3 with a 3.33 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings.

So, yeah, don't confuse this for anything close to a blockbuster.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:06 pm
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Since: Jun 19, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Royals trade Aviles to Red Sox

If he ain't hittin', he ain't helpin'. In his rookie year in '08, he came up and drove the ball to all fields, ran hard, and played an adequate shortstop in winning the Royals player of the year award. In 2009, he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Right now it seems that his bat speed has slowed down, he's having all kinds of trouble with pitches on the outer part of the plate, his defense is atrocious, and he gets picked off first WAY to much. With Youkilis at 3B and Pedroia at 2B, it looks as if he won't be seeing lots of playing time. He can no longer play a Major League SS, lost arm strength to the surgery and plays a matador defensively, ole ! Here hoping everything works out well in Boston and he can return to his 2008 form. Sorry, but I just don't see it. Good luck Bosox fans. Prove me wrong Mike !



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Royals trade Aviles to Red Sox

The guy is close to a .300 hitter for his career, and he's still just 28. He hit .325 as a rookie, .304 last year.  This guy can be their utility infielder for a long time yet. Lowrie was the same thing, but was just way too brittle. He can also steal a base, which Lowrie can't. I'm all for this deal.  Yes, Lowrie can play 1B, which Aviles can't, but the Sox are loaded to the teeth with guys who can play first.  Youkilis can move across the infield if need be, and be a Gold Glove first baseman in his own right, which he was.  But second-short-third are the positions where there's a need for depth, and Lowrie hasn't shown that he can stay on the field.  Also, while he fielded well as a rookie, Lowrie did less well in the field last year and this year.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Royals trade Aviles to Red Sox

Is this a sign Lowrie isn't coming back? What do we do with Lowrie when he gets back if he comes back, he's starting a rehab on Monday last I heard!



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Royals trade Aviles to Red Sox

What was wrong with Navarro? He was more versatile than this guy was, at least he could play the OF too! And he's still young, he's only 23!



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Royals trade Aviles to Red Sox

It looks like our " Boy wonder " GM is at it again. He better find a pitcher who can get out of the first inning without giving up a ton of runs and wasting too many pitches!!!



Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Royals trade Aviles to Red Sox

why bother....He must have made quite an impression during the last 4 game series. I didnt happen to notice.


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