The Chicago White Sox sold off some of their surplus this evening, moving outfielder Alejandro De Aza to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for a pair of minor league pitchers, Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar, according to the Orioles official Twitter account:
The Orioles have acquired OF Alejandro De Aza from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league RHPs Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 31, 2014
De Aza was hitting .243/.309/.354 for the White Sox across 439 plate appearances in 122 games. He has just five home runs on the year, despite hitting seventeen last season. He will likely fit into a bench/platoon role for the Orioles as they continue their pursuit of an AL East division title.
Miguel Chalas is a 22 year-old reliever who recently made his move up to AAA. In AA this season, he had thrown 69.1 innings with a 4.80 ERA. His move up the system has been a rough transition, as he has five strikeouts and six walks in seven innings for Norfolk.
Mark Blackmar, also 22, has spent all season with the Orioles' High-A affiliate, throwing 130.1 innings with a 3.18 ERA, but doesn't seem to have overpowering stuff (5.73 K/9, 2.21 BB/9).
De Aza has one year of arbitration eligibility left after this season.