Re: Forget Iglesias, He Can't Hit
posted at 9/22/2012 1:26 AM EDT
Understand the importance of perspective. Not saying that Mike Aviles has performed poorly. Just that from the end of April, when he was at or near the top of many hitting statistics for MLB shortstops, until now, his offensive stats have declined considerably.
Almost every player has a big month. Almost every player has a poor month or two here and there. I've never been one to make definitive judgements based on either one or both. Of course I'd rather have a player who is very consistent, but I have never thought that it is a big negative for a player who gets his hits in bunches as long as overall, the numbers end up decent or better.
No question that he could be a useful utility infielder somewhere in the Majors. He might even be a decent starter on a team that is loaded with power, is willing to sacrifice some on-base percentage from bottom-of-the-order hitters, and could use a steady, if not spectacular, fielder at short; but his salary and age might dictate where heâll play in 2013.
As I have said, I think he will be traded this winter. I'd prefer to have Iggy even if Aviles was hitting a consistent .285 with a .315 OBP.
If the Red Sox are going to begin rebuilding and will set 2014 as a target season for contending for the playoffs again, then Iâm not sure that you can expect them to go with a shortstop who will be 32 next season, and who is not considered an All-Star or Gold Glove caliber player, especially when they have several younger players who would command a lower salary and who might be considered better risks for SS on a rebuilding team.
Singing to the choir here.
He has been a good soldier for a somewhat dreadful Red Sox team. He seems like a good guy. Hope he can land in a better situation next season. And if he winds up in Pawtucket as an insurance policy for the Red Sox, then that wouldnât be so bad for the organization.
He won't be in AAA even though he still has one option left.