Boston has been in need of a stop gap replacement for Jed Lowrie. It seems as though they have found one.
Earlier today the Red Sox acquired infielder Mike Aviles from the Kansas Royals for infielder Yamacio Navarro and reliever Kendal Volz.
Boston is hoping that they get the 2008 Mike Aviles, not the current Mike Aviles who has been demoted to AAA this year. In 2008 Aviles hit .325 with 10 HRs and 51 RBIs in 102 games. He also finished fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year Voting behind new teammate Jacoby Ellsbury, among others.
The 30-year-old was expendable because of the emergence of super prospect Mike Moustakas at third base , and Chris Getz and Alcides Escobar playing well up the middle. That being said, Aviles can play the three non-first-base positions across the infield, so he gives Beantown some flexibility there. He can also step in at shortstop where the Red Sox have gotten a .259 batting average out of current Jed Lowrie fill in Marco Scutaro.
Boston on the other hand gives up infield Navarro who, like Aviles, can play everywhere but first in the infield. They also get relief pitcher Kendal Volz who is in High A ball.