That’s the first word to describe the Red Sox’s first deal before the non-waiver trade deadline.
Yamacio Navarro, who was ranked as the Sox’s 12th prospect entering the 2011 season (according to Baseball America), played in 34 games for the PawSox this season, hitting .258/.362/.469 with five homeruns and 13 RBI. He made headlines during the season when he was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain. Even though Baseball America had him at 12 for top prospects entering the season, Soxprospects.com has moved him up to nine during his stint with the Red Sox.
In 16 games with the Red Sox, he hit .216/.275/.351 with one homerun and three RBI; he was mainly used an a utility player playing shortstop, third base and, on occasion, left field. He has potential to be a solid starter in the majors, with his improving power/defense, but his maturity, along with his health, has been in question since he signed with the Sox at age 17.
This trade should not cause any concern for the Sox farm system at the third base position because of two names: Garin Cecchini and Kolbrin Vitek, who were both ranked in the top 10 prospects for the Sox entering the season (according to Baseball America).
Kendal Volz was a reliever for Hi-A Salem this season. During his time, he went 2-3 with a 3.33 ERA, striking out 56 and walking 12 in 51 1/3 innings.
Mike Aviles adds some depth on the Red Sox bench. In 53 games this year for the Royals, he has batted .222/.261/.395 with five homeruns and 31 RBI. His best season with the Royals came in 2008, his first year in the bigs, when he hit .325/.354/.480 in 102 games with 10 homeruns and 51 RBI; he came in fourth place for the Rookie of the Year award.