Terry Francona Says Red Sox Had Eye on Mike Aviles for Awhile, Could Explore Using Him in Outfield


The Red Sox completed a trade on Saturday. And although it might not be considered a huge transaction, manager Terry Francona is pleased that the Sox were able to acquire an experienced utility player in Mike Aviles.

The Sox sent Yamaico Navarro and minor league pitcher Kendal Volz to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Aviles. The 30-year-old infielder has struggled a bit in 2011, but he comes to the Red Sox as an established veteran who can play multiple positions while providing some pop and decent speed.

While Aviles is an infielder, Francona expects the Sox to at least talk about potentially using him in the outfield on occasion.

Francona said that Navarro was a bit surprised by the trade, but that he could ultimately benefit from it due to the increased playing time he should receive in Kansas City.

The Sox skipper also said that he expects Theo Epstein to be busy leading up to Sunday's trade deadline, although he doesn't think there will be any major changes made to the current roster.

To hear what else Francona had to say about the trade, as well as Tom Caron's and Jim Rice's expectations for the Red Sox leading up to the deadline, check out the video above.

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