Hmm, not exactly the trade I thought that the team would make nearing the July 31 trade deadline. I do not understand this trade at all. Boston sent Yamaico Navarro and Kendal Volz to Kansas City for Mike Aviles.
Aviles finished fourth in the AL ROY vote in 2008 when he hit .325/.354/.480/.833 with ten home runs. He had a decent season last year, but this year he has been pretty terrible while playing backup in the infield. His defense is not terribly impressive so if this is a depth move, I just do not get it.
Navarro was in the Red Sox Top 20 prospects at the beginning of the year. He has not hit particularly well with the big league club, nor has he been terribly great defensively, but then neither is Aviles. I just don't understand trading a 23 year old cost-effective backup infielder for a 30 year old backup infielder. I doubt Boston is getting anything terribly great out of Aviles that Navarro can't provide. Boston also has Drew Sutton around who has been a productive backup infielder. So did they really need Aviles?
Still, if it was just a one for one trade, it might not be so head-scratching, but Boston included Kendal Volz in the trade. Volz is a reliever in high-A with some pretty good peripheral numbers. Sure there's lots of these players out there, but that doesn't explain why Boston packaged a pretty good one with a cheap backup infielder for another backup infielder.
The only thing I can think of is that Boston has another move in the works and needed Aviles because Marco Scutaro is going to be traded, or something like that. If this is the only move made, it's confusing and thoroughly unnecessary.