For the third consecutive year, the Boston Red Sox will have
a new Opening Day starting shortstop. Who that player
is come April 1 in New York remains to be seen, but it probably won't be Mike Aviles.
With Boston hiring former Toronto manager John Farrell to run the club in 2013
and beyond, Aviles will reportedly serve
as compensation and go to the Blue Jays, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.
But the Red Sox shouldn't be in too much of a bind without 2012's starting shortstop. Aviles, who
started 130 games for the Red Sox in 2012 -- all but seven at shortstop -- did
what was required of him on daily basis, but he never performed beyond that.
Aviles hit .250/.282/.381 with 13 home runs and 60 RBIs for
Boston last season, playing solid defensive as well. He provided much-needed
offense when several key hitters in the lineup went down with injuries and
managed to stay healthy for nearly the entire season. His overall production,