In yet another move, the Orioles have acquired infielder Kelly Johnson and minor-league infielder Michael Almanzar from the Boston Red Sox. In return, the Orioles gave up two minor-league infielders, Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus Jr.
The Orioles have acquired INF Kelly Johnson & Mi Lg INF Michael Almanzar from BOS in exchange for Mi Lg INF’s Jemile Weeks & Ivan De Jesus.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 31, 2014
While an earlier trade might have given the Orioles an extra push for the postseason, acquiring Kelly Johnson is a step backwards. The Orioles starting infield today included Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Jimmy Paredes, and Jonathan Schoop. Together that infield lineup has a .250 batting average, while adding Kelly Johnson’s .212 batting average fits in, his mediocre defense won’t add the depth they need to stabilize a playoff bound team.
Kelly Johnson, 32, has rounded the bases defensively by each infield position, except shortstop, for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in the 2014 season. While he batted .219 for the Yankees, he has only batted .160 since being traded to the Red Sox. His batting average includes only 6 HR and 23 RBI, while defensively he has added 9 errors this season.
Boston is the winning team in this trade as they unloaded Kelly Johnson onto an inter-division rival and picked up two young infielders to add to the rebuilding of their roster. They also turned over Almanzar and the 55 HR he has built up over seven minor-league seasons.
In return, the Red Sox acquired Weeks, 27, who has spent the last two years bouncing between the minor and major leagues, where he has a .677 OPS and 38 stolen bases. Boston also acquired the help of De Jesus, 27, another minor-leaguer. De Jesus holds a .282 batting average in 113 games in Triple A this season.
Boston is in the process of rebuilding their team and acquiring two young minor-league players will help them do that. The Oriole are trying to stay on top of the American League East, but Kelly Johnson won’t help them do that.