Mike Aviles was in upstate New York on Friday, visiting his family and celebrating the birthday of one of his children when he got an unexpected phone call.
It was one of his agents saying that the Red Sox were about to trade him to Toronto as compensation for manager John Farrell.
“I was shocked. I had to just process everything at first,” Aviles told the Globe on Monday. “At first you think about all the little things that are tough, like moving. But for me, all the little negatives don’t come close to outweighing the positives for me.”
Aviles is grateful that the Blue Jays want him and see him playing a significant role as a utility player or their second baseman.
“That’s all I want, an opportunity. Their GM [Alex Anthopoulos] was straightforward with me and I told him I appreciated that,” Aviles said. “They said I can play a lot and battle for at-bats at second base. That’s all I ask. Getting traded, I think, is a good thing because it shows that a team wants you.”
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