LOS ANGELES -- Bobby Evans has spent weeks looking to bolster the Giants' bench. Right before the deadline to acquire players who are postseason-eligible, the Giants made a deal for Red Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza.
De Aza, 31, is hitting .292 in his first year with the Red Sox, with a .347 on-base percentage, nine doubles, five triples and four homers. He has played all three outfield positions for the Red Sox, but has spent the vast majority of his time in the corners. The Giants will be De Aza's fifth team. He previously played for the White Sox, Orioles and Marlins.
The Giants are sending minor league left-hander Luis Ysla to Boston. In 33 games (nine starts) for Single-A San Jose this season, the 23-year-old is 3-6 with a 6.21 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 79.2 innings.
To make room for De Aza on the 40-man roster, the Giants designated outfielder Ryan Lollis for assignment.
Evans said earlier Monday that he was looking for a hitter, any hitter, who could help a bench that has given the Giants little production. De Aza fits the bill, and he should give manager Bruce Bochy a good option on nights when Gregor Blanco is in the starting lineup and not available as a pinch-hitter.
De Aza also provides further coverage for an outfield that will get Angel Pagan back on Tuesday but is still without Hunter Pence. The right fielder has started taking light swings in the cage, but he is still at least a week away from returning, and could be out for longer.