That Mike Aviles sure is popular.
Only two weeks after being traded by the Red Sox to Toronto as compensation for John Farrell, Aviles was traded to Cleveland on Saturday.
The Blue Jays sent Aviles and C-1B-3B Yan Gomes to the Indians for RHP Esmil Rogers.
Gomes was drafted by the Red Sox in 2008 (39th round) and did not sign. Rogers is the pitcher who hit Will Middlebrooks on Aug. 10, breaking his right wrist and ending his season.
Aviles played the second half of the 2011 season under Terry Francona in Boston. The new Indians manager surely had an influence on the trade.
Meanwhile . . .
— The Red Sox are expected to announce the David Ortiz signing on Monday.
— ESPN’s Keith Law, a clear-eyed analyst who views players through the prism of his scouting experience, does not have Cody Ross among his top 50 free agents.
You can debate whether Ross is being underrated or not. I would personally have him ranked higher than Jonny Gomes (No. 44), for instance. But it goes to the point that fans (and media) have to be careful in making familiarity too big a part of the evaluation as we look at free agents.
Ross was a good fit in Boston and played well. If the Red Sox bring him back on a reasonable deal, it would be a good move. But maybe Melky Cabrera, Torii Hunter, Angel Pagan or Ryan Ludwick would be better. Law’s rankings are a good reminder to take all opinions into account.