In another waiver trade deadline deal Monday night, the San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Boston Red Sox in return for 23-year-old, Minor League left-hander Luis Ysla.
There had been reports swirling that a move was close, and as the deadline reached, the two sides agreed to the deal. The Giants were also looking to acquire an infielder, but settled on De Aza instead.
The Red Sox will kick in $650,000 in the move with the 31-year-old being owed $930,000 for the rest of the 2015 season. This move is a good move financially speaking for San Francisco who acquire a fairly cheap asset in terms of their pocketbooks.
De Aza started the year in Baltimore with the Orioles but after a rough start was designated for assignment and traded to the Red Sox. In Boston, he posted some good numbers including a slash of .292/.347/.484 with 18 extra base hits, which includes four home runs, and 25 RBI since joining on in Boston in June.
The Giants outfield is a little beat up with Hunter Pence on the DL again, but they also acquired the right-handed hitting services of Marlon Byrd from the Reds who has been on a tear in his short time in San Francisco so far.What De Aza brings to this Giants ball club is above average speed, a left handed bat, and another outfielder who could potentially platoon with Byrd when needed if manager Bruce Bochy wants to take that route.
With the NL West race as close as it is, the defending World Series champions are gearing up for another run at the postseason with the Dodgers leading the division.