Joe Gunkel

Red Sox acquire OF Alejandro De Aza, cash from Orioles in exchange for minor league RHP Joe Gunkel

Ryan Hannable
June 03, 2015 - 1:54 pm
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The Red Sox officially acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations from the Orioles in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel on Wednesday. To make room on the 40-man roster Brandon Workman was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. De Aza is expected to join the team Thursday where he would need to be added to the 25-man roster. The obvious move seems to be to DFA outfielder Carlos Peguero, who they just acquired last week. The 31-year-old De Aza was acquired by the Orioles on Aug. 30, 2014 in exchange for two minor leaguers. The lefty hitter .293 with a .877 OPS over 20 games in the final month of that season, while totaling a .214 average and .636 OPS in 30 games with Baltimore this year. Manager John Farrell gave insight onto how the team expects to use the outfielder on the Red Sox Radio pregame show prior to Wednesday afternoon's game. "He gave them a little over a year of really good production for them in Baltimore," the manager said to Joe Castiglione. "Given our reserve group of players, with Daniel Nava being down, De Aza has been in that role a little bit in Baltimore where he has come off the bench. He'۪۪s been a little bit of a platoon player. I'۪۪m not saying De Aza is going to come in here and platoon in left with Hanley. But at the same time we'۪۪ve got a veteran, a guy who can run, a guy that can play all three outfield positions. He'۪۪s en route for most of today from the Dominican so it'۪۪s unlikely he'۪۪ll be here for any of the day-night doubleheader today. We were able to acquire a veteran guy who has some success and track record." Gunkel has split time this season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, combining to go 3-2 with two saves, a 2.90 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 12 outings, including five starts. He was selected in the 18th round of the 2013 June Draft. Workman was on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain suffered at the end of spring training. He visited with Dr. James Andrews and received a PRP injection back in the middle of April. For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.

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