The Boston Red Sox have traded outfielder Alejandro De Aza to the San Francisco Giants, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Red Sox will receive minor-league lefty Luis Ysla from the Giants in the trade.
De Aza, 31, will suit up for his third team of the year with this latest trade. With the Giants looking to make a strong push for a playoff spot, the team was looking to add more offense in their outfield.
Starting the season with the Baltimore Orioles, De Aza batted just.214 with three HR and seven RBI in 30 games. He was designated for assignment by the club on May 27, per ESPN. That concluded De Aza’s brief stint with the Orioles, having been acquired by the team at the previous year’s trade deadline, as first reported by the Associated Press.
Experiencing a down season and in need of outfield depth, the Red Sox elected to pick up De Aza from the Orioles in an early-June trade, also reported by Rosenthal. Playing in exactly twice as many games with the Red Sox, De Aza appeared to have found the stroke that once made him a dangerous two-way player at the top of the lineup.
The former Florida Marlins and Chicago White Sox outfielder hit.296 with four HR and 25 RBI as a member of the Red Sox. As he heads for San Francisco, Jon Heyman notes that the Red Sox will pay the remainder of De Aza’s $650K salary.
With all-star outfielder Hunter Pence and veteran Angel Pagan out with injuries, the Giants outfield needs all the offensive production it can get. The club recently got Nori Aoki back from injury. Also, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Giants swung a trade with the Cincinnati Reds in August to acquire Marlon Byrd.
In nine games since the trade, the 38-year-old veteran is hitting a productive.278 with three HR and 14 RBI.
At the time of Pence’s left oblique injury, manager Bruce Bochy told ESPN that he believes their talented outfielder would be back shortly after the 15-day period.
“That oblique is a hard one to figure out. This is a moderate strain so we hope two weeks, he’ll be ready to go.”
But if Pence undergoes any setbacks, the Giants can trot out of De Aza, Byrd, Aoki as they await reinforcements.
In return for De Aza, the Red Sox receive the 23-year-old Ysla. The Venezuelan born left-hander has pitched in High-A ball in 2015, posting feeble marks of a 3-6 record and 6.21 ERA in 79-and-two-thirds innings.
The Giants are currently five games back of the Chicago Cubs for the second NL Wild Card and three-and-a-half games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. The Giants are playing the Dodgers in a huge three-game series this week.
The Cubs made an improvement before the deadline, nabbing outfielder Austin Jackson for the Seattle Mariners. Also, the Dodgers picked up outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Mariners prior to the deadline, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
Ruggiano traded to the Dodgers for cash considerations
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) September 1, 2015
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