Aviles agreed to terms with the Tigers on Friday, ESPN's Buster Olney reports. A true utility player, Aviles was going to be a tad more expensive than Jose Ramirez, so the Indians opted to let him go. His versatility, more than his ability at the plate, is the selling point, so he probably won't offer much fantasy value in 2016. Last year he slashed .231/.282/.317 with five home runs in 317 plate appearances with the Indians.
Indians 2B Mike Aviles went 2 for 5 with two runs and two RBI in Friday's win over the White Sox. Aviles has provided multi-hit efforts in three of his last five games, but he's appeared in only seven games in September thus far. With Aviles likely glued to the pine the rest of the way with the Indians' infield at full health, he'll struggle to find value outside of daily formats.
Indians shortstop Mike Aviles has been bothered by a sore left wrist, which manager Terry Francona cited for his recent struggles, reports Cleveland.com. "He's been dealing with it for two to three weeks and it's hurt his batting average," Francona said. "He didn't say anything, but I knew about it." Aviles is hitting .225 in 213 at-bats this season, but is batting .119 with three RBI in his last 16 games (12 starts). "He got an injection in the wrist about 10 days ago," Francona said. "You can see a little more life in his swing now."
Indians designated hitter David Murphy was pulled from the starting lineup prior to Tuesday's game. The reason for his being scratched wasn't made apparent. It's possible he's the subject of trade negotiations. A report from the Los Angeles Times said that the Angels were close to finalizing a deal to acquire Murphy. Jason Kipnis moves from second base to DH to replace Murphy, and Mike Aviles entered the lineup at second base.
Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Mike Aviles gets the call in Urshela's place. It's his third start in seven games and 15th of the season.