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.
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.
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.