Mike Aviles Traded for Yamaico Navarro and Kendal Volz


Not all trades are blockbusters.

The Royals traded infielder Mike Aviles to the Boston Red Sox this afternoon for infielder Yamaico Navarro and minor league pitcher Kendal Volz.

Aviles had struggled for most of 2011 with a few hot weeks.  He was sent to Omaha with the promotion of Mike Moustakas and hit well enough to return when Wilson Betemit was traded last week.  As a Royal, he hit .286/.317/.417 in 1218 plate appearances in the big leagues with the Royals while playing second base, shortstop and third base.  He was the Royals player of the year in 2008 after hitting .325/.354/.480 and finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting.

He had recently expressed disappointment in being shuffled into a utility role with the Royals since coming back from the minor leagues.

In return, the Royals get Yamaico Navarro, a 23-year-old infielder who entered 2011 as Boston’s #12 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has some power for playing primarily at shortstop, but has versatility to play second or third, too.  He’ll join the big league team in Cleveland.  In the Royals series against the Red Sox, Navarro went 3-9 and walked once in three of the four games.

Volz is a 6’5″ 225 pound right-handed pitcher who the Red Sox drafted out of Baylor in 2009.  He started 24 of 26 games in Low A Greenville in 2010 with a 3.71 ERA but has yet to start a game in 2011, making 31 relief appearances.

He profiles as a middle inning reliever with a fastball ranging from 88-91 mph and a developing slider that could be a good out pitch.  The Red Sox moved him into the bullpen to take advantage of his two-pitch repertoire.

The Royals and Red Sox made a deal that sends a (sort of) veteran with multiple position ability (sort of) to Boston for their playoff run for two young pieces.  Navarro has similar skills to Aviles and may get on base better with similar pop.  He has to be a better fielder, as Aviles was never a threat to win a Gold Glove.  Navarro can be a utility guy behind Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Chris Getz (and Johnny Giavotella when his time comes) and can even spell an outfielder if necessary.  It’s a good deal for the Royals, especially since Aviles was on the outs with the organization anyway and they got a younger player with similar skills who could develop them into better abilities than Aviles ever did.

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  • LastRoyalsFan

    Michael, I don’t see where Navarro has played 2B much at all, certainly not “primarily” at 2B. In two seasons at Boston he’s played 18 gms at SS, 15 at 3B and only 3 at 2B.

    Similarly, in 5 seasons through their minor league system he’s played 292 games at SS, 59 at 3B but only 19 at 2B

    Has he really even played enough games at 2B to be considered a reasonable backup for the position? If not, does this indicate another roster change may be coming?

  • michael.allen.engel

    That’s my fault…hurried posting is bad posting…

    You’re right…what I read was his profile in BA’s prospect book where they suggested he’s capable of full time work at 2B, but the playing time numbers don’t support any case that he has done so.

    I bet they still play Getz all the time, but it could mean Navarro is up as utility guy and Gio gets promoted. Hunch at this point is Gio comes up in September though.

  • jim fetterolf

    Giavotella isn’t on the 40-man roster and I’m thinking the Royals are saving the open spot for Mike Montgomery. Looks like Davies may be heading back to DL and it’s possible that Treanor joins him, that being a nasty collision last night and a combination concussion and neck snap of that violence can cause damage. If either goes DL, Gio comes up.