In a trade on Saturday night, it is being reported by Jon Morosi of Fox Sports that the Chicago White Sox have traded Alejandro De Aza to the Baltimore Orioles.
Here is the tweet from Morosi:
Orioles announce acquisition of OF Alejandro De Aza from White Sox for RHPs Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 31, 2014
Here is what the White Sox press release said of De Aza:
“De Aza, 30, is hitting .243 (96-395) with 19 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 31 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 122 games with the White Sox this season. He owns a career .267 (500-1,872) average over parts of seven major-league seasons with Florida (2007, ’09) and the White Sox (2010-14).”
Both pitchers the White Sox are receiving are minor league pitchers with Blackmar being 22 years old as he’s played for Class-A Frederick in the Carolina League.
Chalas is also 22 years old, playing for both Frederick and Triple-A Norfolk.
The White Sox wrote of Chalas in their press release:
“Chalas, a native of Seibo, Dominican Republic, has gone 24-21 with a 3.73 ERA (168 ER/405.2 IP) and 300 strikeouts in 115 games (42 starts) over five minor-league seasons since signing with the Orioles as a free agent on February 24, 2010″
What I like most about this trade is what Scot Gregor tweeted:
Hahn says trading Beckham, De Aza frees up $10 million-plus for 2015 that can go to other players
— Scot Gregor (@scotgregor) August 31, 2014
This is a good deal for the White Sox and one that needed to be made. The White Sox now have more money to add to the roster next season, and they can look at some potential players for next season with September call-ups.
What are your thoughts on the trade?