Sunday, July 31, 2011
Red Sox Improve Depth By Landing Aviles
Well, first off, I was not able to blog last night's 10-2 win for the Sox, because I was at a friend's house. However, it was a great game as Lester pitched really well and Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis hit home runs. Last night was also a big night for the Sox as they landed utility infielder Mike Aviles and almost starting pitcher Rich Harden. Aviles would be able to play second base, third base, and shortstop; but he would be most useful at shortstop where Marco Scutaro will likely be departing after this year. This year, Aviles is batting .222/5/31 compared to Marco Scutaro's .259/5/17. However, Aviles owns a career batting average of .286, and was .304/8/32 for the Royals last year. As for the Harden deal, despite being almost complete last night, this morning it fell through after the Red Sox looked at Harden's medical records. Shopping for a pitcher seems somewhat unlikely as the options have dramatically thinned, but I expect one more trade from the Sox.