Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - The Indians Saturday made a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, picking up infielder Mike Aviles and catcher/infielder Yan Gomes. The team moved pitcher Esmil Rogers to the Jays in the deal.
Last season Aviles played with the Red Sox, and was part of the deal with the Red Sox and Jays that sent him to Toronto in exchange for manager John Farrell, who is now the Red Sox skipper.
The 31-year-old 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 7th round by the Kansas City Royals in 2003 and just completed his fifth Major League season.
Cleveland Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti commented on Aviles role with the team, “As we are currently composed he provides us with great depth and great versatility and is a solid right handed bat.”
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.
The 25-year-old Gomes spent the majority of 2012 season batting .328 (100-305) 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 (20-98) 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.
Last season the Indians got Rogers from the Rockies in June for cash, and he ended up being one of the best throwers out of the pen. He went 3-1 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 53 relief innings for the Indians last season.
He previously appeared in 70 games for the Rockies, spending some time as a starter.