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40 Guys in 30 Days: Mike Aviles

Yesterday, I covered a mediocre player who was thrust into a more important role than he should have been thanks to circumstances largely beyond his control who has predictably failed to live up to its expectations. Let’s do that again, shall we?

Mike Aviles
2012 stats: 489 PA, .258/.286/.400
81 OPS+, .298 wOBA, 7.8 UZR, 2.3 fWAR, 2.4 bWAR
2013 contract status: Arbitration (second time; $1.2 million in 2012)

If you actually believe Mike Aviles is a two and a half-win player, I have a bridge to sell you.

I applauded the acquisition of Aviles when it happened in 2011. He did a fine, competent job as a super-utility player, even stepping in to fill holes in the outfield for the first time in his career. He wasn’t great, but he was a fine guy to have on the bench. Then, for reasons that have never been explained and will never make sense, the Red Sox made him a starter.

The Jed Lowrie trade happened first, and it made sense. Lowrie was a guy whose bat had a lot of potential, but he had never been able to realize that potential or stay healthy for anything close to a full season. He was 27 years old and had had nearly two full years’ worth of plate appearances, in which time he had put up a 92 OPS+. In Mark Melancon, the Red Sox were getting a guy who could fill a hole in the back end of the bullpen, and possibly even step in and close should something happen to Andrew Bailey. That trade made sense, and I will defend it to this day. A bad outcome does not necessarily mean that a trade was made because of bad process.

The Marco Scutaro deal, however, never made sense. That deal was a salary dump, saving all of $6 million, to rid the team of a guy who provided league average offense and a solid glove, and to replace him with an out-of-his-depth bench player or someone who aspires to one day be almost as good at hitting as Rey Ordonez.* Scutaro has about 15 points of wOBA and 45 points of OBP on Aviles this season, since you asked. He also knows how to take a walk every now and then, which is a skill that has seemingly been beaten out of every single Red Sox’ hitter, and is one Aviles never possessed.

* Don’t look now but holy shit Jose Iglesias actually had a really good offensive month! I mean, it’s probably nothing and was almost entirely BABIP-driven and he’s still garbage, but…he had a good month!!!

With Iglesias as ready as he’ll ever be to claim the starting shortstop job and Aviles getting a raise through arbitration, it’s possible that the Sox will look to trade him this winter. Then again, with Larry Lucchino having mentioned the “friendly” Aviles as part of the positive change in the Red Sox’ clubhouse culture, it’s possible that they’ll keep him around for another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad season.

Next time: I don’t know, maybe a piGAHHH MY THUMB

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  1. September 3, 2012 at 1:59 PM

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