The Cleveland Indians announced Friday afternoon that they have exercised the 2015 club option for utility man Mike Aviles.
Aviles, 34, was brought to Cleveland alongside catcher Yan Gomes in the 2012 trade that sent Esmil Rogers to Toronto. Aviles will make $3.5 million in 2015. The club had a buyout option for $250,000.
Aviles has struggled at the plate in his two seasons with Cleveland, batting just .250/.277/.356 in 768 plate appearances with 0.0 Wins Above Replacement. But he brings versatility, having played played second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions, and a strong clubhouse presence.
"Mike's an incredibly important part of our team in so many ways," Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said during a conference call. "He played six positions last year and filled in very capably in each of those spots. His versatility gives (manager Terry Francona) great comfort on the bench because he can fill in anywhere and contribute and provide us protection at so many different positions. It allowed us last year to carry an extra reliever for most of the year. Beyond what he does on the field, he's a great teammate, a guy who has an incredible energy about him and is a big part of our team and the fabric of our team."To read more or comment...
August Fagerstrom’s final thoughts following the Indians 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay in Sunday’s season finale.
1.) Well, that’s all she wrote. The Indians finish the regular season with a record of 85-77. Despite missing the playoffs, I’d say that’s a pretty successful season. This marks the first time since 2000-01 that the Tribe put together consecutive winning seasons.
When you consider the loss of Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir to free agency from last year’s team, the fact that Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera provided little to no value before being shipped off at the trade deadline, that Danny Salazar was sent to the minors after eight horrid starts to begin the season, that Nick Swisher, Jason Kipnis, Michael Bourn and David Murphy all dealt with injuries throughout the season that limited their production, and that Ryan Raburn and Jason Giambi were unable to provide the sparks they did last year, it’s pretty impressive what the Indians were able to accomplish this year.
Indians manager Terry Francona seems to agree.To read more or comment...
August Fagerstrom’s final thoughts following the Indians 1-0 victory over the Rays on Friday night:
NOTE: This will be a special Corey Kluber-only edition of final thoughts! Enjoy.
1.) Well, that’s it. Corey Kluber has done all he can to make a case for the American League Cy Young Award this season. All that’s left now is for Seattle’s Felix Hernandez to make his final start of the season Sunday night against the Angels and for the voters to decide who will take home the hardware.
Two weeks ago, if I had the honor of casting a vote, I would have given it to King Felix. Before tonight, I was leaning towards Kluber. After tonight, not only is it hard to see an argument against Kluber, but frankly I can’t fathom what Felix could do on Sunday to make up the ground.To read more or comment...
Your move, King Felix.
With the Indians all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention this year, all eyes were on Corey Kluber during Friday night’s final series opener against Tampa Bay.
Kluber was making the final start of his historic season and each pitch he threw seemed to inch him closer and closer to a potential American League Cy Young Award victory over Seattle’s Felix Hernandez.
Kluber struck out 11 through eight shutout innings, allowing just five hits and two walks as the Indians (86-74) won by a final score of 1-0.To read more or comment...