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Indians exercise 2015 option for utility man Mike Aviles

By August Fagerstrom Published: October 31, 2014

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."

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