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White Sox move Alejandro De Aza to Orioles for prospects

White Sox free up more salary and add to pitching depth in trade with Orioles

The White Sox traded outfielder Alejandro De Aza to the Orioles in exchange for two minor league pitchers, the club announced during the second game 8-4 loss of their split doubleheader with the Tigers on Saturday.

The Sox receive 22-year-old right-handers Mark Blackmar (10-1, 3.18) of Class A Frederick and Miguel Chalas (3-4, 4.48), who has pitched at Frederick and is now with Triple-A Norfolk.

"The motivation behind this was not only the arms we received back … they both have a fair amount of upside and add to our pitching depth … but also with the (Gordon) Beckham move (to the Angels) it frees up a little bit of salary with flexibility going forward," Sox general manager Rich Hahn said. "(It also provides) some playing time for the younger guys over the last few weeks of the season."

De Aza, 30, has a career .267 batting average over parts of seven seasons with the Marlins (2007, '09) and the White Sox (2010-14). De Aza is hitting .243 (96-for-395) with 19 doubles, five triples and five home runs in 122 games this season.

"In the middle of the game (trainer) Herm Schneider told me it was going on," manager Robin Ventura said afterward. "It's tough. … You know, guys have been together with this guy a long time. So, he went in and hugged everybody and got out. You just wish him the best.

"Now there …are positions that have opportunities. You are going to see some guys in there different than who we have had the last couple of years. They are going to get a chance."

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