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  1. Someone offered me James McDonald for Aviles two weeks ago and I didn’t even make a counter offer. I think it was the fastest offer-to-accept time in the history of our league, haha.

    Comment by Schu — June 8, 2012 @ 10:38 am

  2. Was expecting to see Lowrie on the risers list… wonder where he’ll fall in the rankings. Aviles walk rate is scary whereas A Cabs K:BB ratio blows my mind.

    Comment by prankmunky — June 8, 2012 @ 10:49 am

  3. Love it-I’ve had all 3 rostered for a week(Lowrie all year)

    Comment by O's fan — June 8, 2012 @ 10:53 am

  4. I still like Aviles for his flexibility. In ESPN he can play second, third, or SS. In a league with limited moves, that still has value.

    Comment by Bob — June 8, 2012 @ 11:03 am

  5. Seager offers the same but with a better lineup spot and more consistent numbers (he walks too!). He made Aviles expendable for me.

    Comment by Schu — June 8, 2012 @ 11:28 am

  6. How ’bout Dee Gordon as a riser?

    Comment by KMen — June 8, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

  7. Both have some major flaws: Seager can’t hit at home and Aviles can’t hit righties.

    Comment by ObiWarKenobi — June 8, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

  8. I think Aviles biggest value was when he was being plugged into the top of the batting order. I expected it to last until Crawford or Ellsbury returned, but Nava and Sweeny have been hitting the ball well and Valentine has been putting them in the 1 hole.

    Aviles is streaky, and will go on a tear again, but from the bottom of the lineup, it doesn’t feel worth it to ride out his lows.

    Comment by Shaggychild — June 9, 2012 @ 8:20 am

  9. Seager is only a 3B in the ESPN league I’m playing in. I want to drop Aviles but having trouble finding another option with similar flexibility.

    Comment by Sam — June 9, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

  10. All of what you say about Aviles is true … except he is the Shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, a team that scores 5.19 runs per game, 0.9 higher than league average, and second in the league behind Texas (5.34) and above St.Louis (5.15). And he has versatility.

    He might not take a lot of walks, but he also strikesout on 15-18 % of the time, and he’s gonna put the ball in play on a team that will have a lot more runners on base that other teams, so his RBI’s will increase.

    Plus with a manager like Bobby, he will shift up and down in the lineup when he’s hot and due to matchups quite often, but even if he hits 8th or 9th, it will be ameliorated by the team he is on.

    And he steals bases with some pop. 2010 was no fluke. He’s a career .284 hitter in the major leagues, and he’s gonna be the Red Sox shortstop all year unless he gets hurt.

    .270 avg, 80+ runs and rbis, with 10-15 steals and 10-15 home runs is a rare shortstop qualifying player not named Hanley Ramirez. Drop him at your own risk, because someone else in the league will pick him up.

    Comment by napster — June 9, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

  11. I have to agree with Bob, in saying Aviles’ value is increased by his pos fleibility on ESPN, where I’ve had him on roster since picking him up as FA in April. But I also agree with SaggyChild. I’m not sure taking up a roster spot while riding his lows is worth it anymore. I’m sure someone else will pick him up if I drop him, but he’s not alluring enough to trade. I need the roster spot. He may streak again, but I doubt it will be a prolonged streak.

    Comment by OneRyder — August 12, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

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