Aviles was designated for assignment by the Braves on Wednesday. Aviles was just traded to the Braves on Tuesday, but it appears that was for contractual reasons, as his tenure with the team did not even last a full day. Aviles figures to garner interest from a team or two looking for a versatile veteran to add to the roster.
Aviles was traded to Atlanta on Tuesday. The deal sent Mike Aviles and Kade Scivicque to the Braves while the Tigers acquired Erick Aybar. Aviles has had a very poor showing at the plate this season and currently owns a .210/.258/.269 line. Aviles has played all over the outfield and infield during the 2016 campaign, making it likely that he'll continue serving as a utility man on his new team.
Aviles is 8-for-38 (.211) with one double and no walks or RBI in regular starting duty since July 16. Aviles is simply a stop-gap in the outfield while J.D. Martinez is out with injury. He is versatile and can play many positions, but at some point, he has to start contributing at the dish.
Aviles continues to struggle in spot duty with the Tigers this season. His has a slash line of .209/.266/.270 and is 2-for-14 with one triple in his last seven games. The 35-year-old utility infielder has seen his at-bats and production slowly erode over the past few seasons. Aviles has played at least five games at second, third and outfield, and has four starts at shortstop. Unfortunately, positional eligibility is about all Aviles brings to fantasy and that will keep him toiling on the wire for the rest of the season.
Aviles is not in the starting lineup Wednesday as the Tigers take on the Mariners. Aviles has struggled this season for the Tigers, hitting only .226 with two extra-base-hits. Over the last 30 days, he has shown signs of improvement, hitting .294 during that span. Aviles is a low-end utility player with very minimal offensive tools at this point in his career.