The Baltimore Orioles have traded outfielder Alejandro De Aza to the Boston Red Sox in exchange Double-A pitcher Joe Gunkel plus cash considerations. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the deal on Twitter and it was confirmed by the Red Sox.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 3, 2015
#RedSox today acquired OF Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations from Baltimore for minor league RHP Joe Gunkel.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 3, 2015
The Red Sox are hopeful that the move for the 31-year-old De Aza will give them outfield depth and have placed Brandon Workman to the 60-day disabled list to make room for the veteran. De Aza is also projected to take the roster spot of Carlos Peguero, who was recently acquired from the Texas Rangers.
De Aza played for the Florida Marlins in 2007 and 2009, Chicago White Sox from 2010 to 2014 and the Orioles the past two seasons. For his career, he has a batting average of .266 with 546 hits, 41 home runs and 196 RBIs.
The Orioles saved some money in the deal and have acquired a 23-year-old prospect in Gunkel, who could be a serviceable reliever in the future.