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Indians Trade Rogers to Blue Jays for Aviles and Gomes

Indians Trade Rogers to Blue Jays for Aviles and Gomes

| On 03, Nov 2012

Saturday afternoon the Cleveland Indians traded right-handed relief pitcher Esmil Rogers to the Toronto Blue Jays for shortstop Mike Aviles and utility infielder Yan Gomes.

Aviles, 31, appeared in 136 games for the Red Sox as their starting shortstop last season, batting .250 with 13 HR and 60 RBI. The right-handed hitting versatile middle infielder was originally drafted in the seventh round by the Kansas City Royals in 2003 and just completed his fifth Major League season. After being named the Royals Minor League Player of the Year in 2007, he was the Royals MVP in 2008 and finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting after batting .325 with 10 HR and 51 RBI in 102 games. In 475 career games with the Royals and Red Sox, Aviles has posted a .277 average with 39 HR and 190 RBI. He was recently traded on October 21, 2012 from Boston to Toronto in the deal that sent Manager John Farrell to Boston.

Gomes, 25, spent the majority of 2012 season batting .328 with 44 RS, 29 2B, 13 HR & 59 RBI in 79 games for AAA Las Vegas. The versatile right-handed hitter also appeared in 43 games in 2012 with Toronto (20G- 1B, 9G- CA, 8G- 3B, 4G- LF, 2G- DH), batting .204 with 4 HR, 13 RBI. He became the first Brazilian-born player to reach the Major Leagues with his debut on May 12, 2012 vs. New York Yankees. The Miami, FL native was originally drafted as a catcher by Toronto in the 10th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

The Indians relinquish Rogers, who was a nice find in a rather disappointing season. After three consecutive seasons with an ERA above 6.00 in Colorado, the Indians claimed him off waivers on June 12 of this season. Rogers rebounded nicely, making mechanical changes and throwing more strikes with the Indians, compiling a 3.06 ERA in 53 innings with Cleveland.

The trade indicates that potentially several more moves are headed the Indians way. With Aviles a starting shortstop a year ago, it opens the door to the possibility of the Tribe trading Asdrubal Cabrera for starting pitching, the Indians biggest need. Aviles is under team control through 2015, but is arbitration eligible this season. projects Aviles to make approximately $2.3 million in arbitration this winter.

Cabrera signed a two year contract extension last winter with the Indians through 2014. He is due to make $6.5 million in 2013 and $10 million in 2014. It was rumored in July the Indians explored a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks that involved Cabrera.

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  1. I know it’s been rumored that Cabrera is on the trade block but it might make more sense to keep him and put Aviles at 3B. Yan is also an option at 3B which was a black hole for the Indians last season. I like this two for one deal for Cleveland..

  2. Tribe's Ultimate Wingman

    The Indians seem pretty dedicated to giving third base to Lonnie Chisenhall next season. I would say this is a clear indication that the Indians will field offers on Cabrera and use Aviles as a stop gap until one of their many young SS prospects are ready. They aren’t forced to trade Cabrera, but with the free agent market thin and several teams looking for shortstops, they should be able to ask for a steep price and get a team to blink at their demand.

  3. I was surprised that Chisenhall lost playing time last year to Hannahan. Was he hurt?

    • Tribe's Ultimate Wingman

      He had a really bad spring training, but was called up at the end of May. After a good month of June, he was hit on the hand and was on the DL until September. Hannahan won’t be back with the Tribe and will probably be non-tendered by Nov. 20.

  4. Eebs

    “I will be really sad if they let Jack Hannahan go,” said Nobody Ever.

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