The Orioles, who lost third baseman Manny Machado for the season and have Jonathan Schoop with a .611 OPS at second base, acquired the versatile Kelly Johnson and third baseman Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for a pair of Triple-A players, second baseman Jemile Weeks and shortstop Ivan De Jesus Jr.
Johnson’s acquisition by Baltimore means the 32-year-old has now played for all five AL East teams since 2011. He’ll likely spend the majority of his time at third base with Machado out.
RED SOX ACQUIRE
Jemile Weeks, 2b/ss
Age: 27 Bats: B
Weeks was acquired by the Orioles from Oakland in the offseason for closer Jim Johnson, but was beaten out for the second base job by Schoop. The 12th pick overall in 2008 by the Athletics out of Miami, Weeks flashed outstanding tools but has not been able to consistently translate them into success in the majors, in part due to injuries. At his best, Weeks drew comparisons with Ray Durham as a top-of-the-order catalyst who maintains a good approach with a high walk rate. Weeks can make the occasional spectacular play but struggles with routine plays and double-play pivots.
Ivan De Jesus Jr., ss
Age: 27 Bats: R
De Jesus returns to the Boston organization, where he spent part of 2012 after he was acquired in the blockbuster salary dump with the Dodgers. This season at Triple-A Norfolk, he slashed .282/.358/.389, seeing time at second base, third and short.
Michael Almanzar, 3b
Age: 23 Bats: R
The Orioles selected Almanzar from the Red Sox in last year’s Rule 5 draft only to return him to Boston in July. He originally signed with the Red Sox for $1.5 million out of the Dominican in 2007—the largest deal of that year—and is the son of former big league righthander Carlos Almanzar. The righthanded hitter has raw power and did hit 16 homers at Double-A in 2013, but he also has a long swing and little plate discipline.
Kelly Johnson, 2b/3b
Age: 32 Bats: L
The Yankees traded Johnson to the Red Sox on July 31 for Stephen Drew, and now he heads to Baltimore, where he probably will see the majority of time at third base. Johnson offers versatility—he also plays corner outfield—and he has some pop and has the ability to draw a walk.
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