The Red Sox and Dodgers are discussing a trade that would send outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Los Angels, according to Ken Rosenthal:
Sources: #Dodgers talking to #RedSox about De Aza. Possible alternative to Utley, given Kike Hernandez’s ability to play both IF and OF.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 17, 2015
That De Aza remained with the Red Sox at all past the July 31st trade deadline came as something of a surprise. After all, he's been a solid contributor in his time in Boston, hitting .313/.362/.520 with the team after a disappointing start to the season in Baltimore. But for one reason or another, no offer seemed to materialize at the time.
Now, though, the Red Sox have less space for De Aza than ever before. Hanley Ramirez' return to the lineup is already forcing Rusney Castillo out of today's game, with Jackie Bradley Jr. also seemingly set to take a hit to his playing time in the near future. There's just no chance that De Aza, who hits free agency after this season, will get any significant share of the innings or at bats out there.
Of course, a De Aza deal--assuming he even made it to the Dodgers on waivers--would end up being relatively small in the grand scheme of things. This is not the Dodgers trade Red Sox fans were maybe hoping for after the great bailout of 2012. But if De Aza has any value, and the Red Sox do not intend to bring him back in 2016, then they stand only to gain by finding a taker for his services.