Red Sox Deal Kelly Johnson For Jemile Weeks and Minor Leaguer

Jemile Weeks fields a ground ball earlier this season. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Jemile Weeks fields a ground ball earlier this season. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) –Getty Images

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During the Red Sox electric trading deadline extravaganza, they managed to squeeze in a last-minute deal with the New York Yankees that sent shortstop Stephen Drew to the Bronx. The guy they got in exchange is now gone.

The Sox sent Kelly Johnson and minor league third baseman Michael Almanzar to the Orioles for utility player Jemile Weeks and minor league infielder Ivan De Jesus, Jr.

The switch-hitting Weeks, 27, appeared in only three games for Orioles this season and was 3-for-11 with a triple and two runs scored. He has spent the majority of 2014 with Triple-A Norfolk in Baltimore’s minor league system. In his 63 games there, Weeks hit .280 with 12 doubles, four triples, one home run, 19 RBI, and 28 runs scored.


With Double-A Norfolk, he totaled more walks (37) than strikeouts (30). For his major league career, he has hit .259 (225-for-870) with 41 doubles, 17 triples, four home runs, and 56 RBI in 226 games between the Oakland Athletics (2011-13) and Orioles (2014).

The younger brother of Milwaukee Brewers infielder Rickie Weeks, Jemile was a first-round selection of the Athletics (12th overall) in the 2008 June Draft. He was originally selected by Milwaukee in the eighth round of the 2005 June Draft, but elected to play baseball at the University of Miami.

De Jesus Jr., 27, spent all of 2014 with the Orioles’ Norfolk affiliate, where he was named to the International League’s mid-season All-Star Team. He hit .282 with 19 doubles, five triples, five homers, 56 RBI, and 50 walks in 113 games and appeared at shortstop, second base, and third base (1).

Johnson, 32, was acquired from the New York Yankees on July 31 and played in 10 games for the Red Sox after being activated from the 15-day disabled list on August 7.

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