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Tribe trades Rogers to Toronto for shortstop, minor-league catcher

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 3, 2012

   COLUMBUS: The Indians today acquired shortstop Mike Aviles and minor-league catcher Yan Gomes from the Blue Jays in exchange for reliever Esmil Rogers. 
Aviles, 31, spent last season as the everyday shortstop of the Red Sox, batting .250 with 13 home runs and 60 RBI in 136 games. 

   He was traded last week to Toronto in the transaction that allowed Jays manager John Farrell to take the Red Sox managerial position.
   Gomes, 25, spent most of the 2012 season at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he batted .328 with 13 homers and 59 RBI in 79 games. He also appeared in 43 games for Toronto (including 20 at first base), batting .204 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 98 at-bats.
   Both Aviles and Gomes bat from the right side. Gomes is the first Brazilian player to reach the major leagues.
   The Tribe acquired Rogers from Colorado in mid-June. The hard-throwing right-hander had problems throwing strikes until he got to Cleveland, where he quickly moved up the ladder to become a trusted late-inning reliever. He posted a 3-1 record and 3.06 earned-run average, striking out 54 and walking 12 in 53 innings.

 

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