Mike Aviles Can Do It All

Utility man Mike Aviles played six different positions for the Indians last year: - 26 games at third base - 33 games at second base - 27 games in left field - 15 games at shortstop - 3 games in center field - 3 games in right field Aviles also pinch hit 12 times and pinch ran twice. This versatility is one reason why the Tribe exercised their 2015 club option on Aviles, who will...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jose Ramirez’s car plays a little shortstop

It’s understandable if the Indians want more speed on defense, but this is ridiculous. Jose Ramirez’s BMW was parked at his shortstop position when the team took the field at their Goodyear, Arizona facility Thursday morning. The youngster apparently has a reputation for parking his ride wherever he sees fit, and his teammates pranked him by putting it smack in the middle...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Mike Aviles Parks Shortstop Jose Ramirez’s SUV On Field

I’m game for a solid Spring Training prank. Let’s go to Indians camp where the boys are loose because Sports Illustrated already has them winning the World Series. This came from a member of the grounds crew.   Mike Aviles didn’t like how Jose Ramirez parked his car anywhere in the players lot so he stole the keys and moved it pic.twitter.com/isq8M9EXsJ — Danny Bunkers...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians defense no longer a comedy of errors

In simple terms, the 2014 Cleveland Indians defense was a comedy of errors. The laughs extended to several comically range-limited defenders as well as some unfortunate injuries at key positions. The defense was so poor that the Indians ranked in last place in both Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and in Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR). They were able to obtain second to last place in the...
Via Waiting For Next Year
5 days ago  |  Discuss

First Cuts: Potential 25 Man Roster Update 3/18

The most recent update on the Indians 25 man roster includes two big losses due to injuries and ten lesser deletions due to the first round of cuts. From the original massive group, things are slightly more simple now with just 52 players left in camp. New additions and promotions are marked in green while players dropped from a starting spot or removed entirely will be listed in...
Via Burning River Baseball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: March 13, 1981

Current Indians utility player extraordinaire Mike Aviles is born in New York. Aviles entered professional baseball when selected by the Kansas City Royals in the seventh round of the 2003 amateur draft. He debuted in the Majors with the club in 2008 at the age of 27 and finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .325 with ten home runs and 51 RBI in 102 games...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

A Deeper Look at Cleveland’s Middle Infielders

In 2014, the Indians committed 116 errors and maintained a .981 fielding percentage, both good for last place in the entire league. Of those errors, Asdrubal Cabrera was guilty of committing 14 and lowered the team fielding percentage by contributing a terrible 963. Cabrera, to put it lightly, was terrible as a defensive shortstop, but did the Indians get better when he left? PlayerErrors...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Corner Infield & DH

With most of the Indians starting positions firmly established, this group of hitters is one of the most interesting going into the 2015 season. Every significant member of the team who played either third base, first base or DH in 2014 is returning for the 2015 (Jason Giambi and Chris Gimenez are the only insignificant players to leave) and added into that mix is the free agent...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Potential 25 Man Roster for 2015

With pitchers and catchers reporting in just a couple weeks, things are about to get pretty crazy. There are your regular starters, others competing for a more important role or simply a job, Spring Training invites and cotton fields full of minor leaguers. In an effort to keep all that straight in one place, we will keep a running total of players still involved in the 25 man roster...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Aviles is Casey Blake

Mike Aviles and former Indians third baseman/right fielder Casey Blake may not seem to have much in common on the surface, but they are in fact, the same individual. Aviles was born in New York City in 1981 while Blake is from Iowa and was born almost a decade earlier. Blake began his career as a third baseman with the Blue Jays, but came to the Tribe as a free agent from Minnesota...
Via Burning River Baseball
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Buckeye Talk, Nick Swisher, and the “Vikings Family”: While We’re Waiting

Hey there, WFNY. It’s Wednesday, and I’m not TD. Yes, much like Mike Aviles, I have no regular WWW position, but I’m pitching in wherever needed. So, from when you last heard from me in the WWW space, it was Thursday, and plenty has happened since then. In fact, all five of the teams that I follow have relevant news going on, so let’s not waste any time. Last night was my...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians prospect Giovany Urshela injures knee in winter ball

Giovany Urshela was one of the surprise prospects in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2014. The third baseman appeared to have an outside shot for a possible major league roster spot next season. But an injured knee in the Venezuelan Winter League could cast that in serious doubt. Urshela, a 23-year-old native of Colombia, injured his knee running the bases on Saturday. An MRI...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Offseason Plans Begin to Take Focus

With the conclusion of the World Series, contract options picked up or declined and qualifying offers extended the offseason is in official full swing. For the Indians, they’ve had about six weeks to evaluate how their 2014 season, with the goal of Unfinished Business, became one of Royal Disappointment. The Tribe has quietly already been busy. Two weeks ago the Indians exercised...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Ramifications of Bringing Back Mike Aviles

The Cleveland Indians decided yesterday to accept the $3.5M option of Mike Aviles, bringing back the utility infielder for the 2015 season. There was a $250K buyout, so it was a real cost of just $3.25M as the first quarter million was already sunk. While in the initial look at the situation, it looked as if the Indians would have been better off letting him go or trading him (which...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians pick up option on Aviles

CLEVELAND -- In a move that was expected, the Indians have picked up their club option on infielder Mike Aviles for next season. Aviles, who will be in his third season with the Tribe, hit .247 with 16 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 39 RBI. He equaled his career-high with 14 stolen bases and had two walk off hits, including a home run on Aug. 14 against Baltimore. Besides...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians exercise option on infielder Mike Aviles

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have exercised their $3.5 million option for next season on versatile infielder Mike Aviles. In his second season with Cleveland, the 33-year-old Aviles batted .247 with 16 doubles, five homers and 39 RBIs in 113 games. He added 14 steals, matching a career high. Cleveland went 48-40 in games Aviles started. He played six positions, including 28 games...
Via AP on Fox
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Indians Extend Corey Kluber?

The Indians have a lot of decisions to make this off-season, but unlike those have discussed considering Mike Aviles, Lonnie Chisenhall, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin, any decision about Kluber will be a positive one. While those other players have to be evaluated as to whether they will even be on the team in 2015, Kluber will not only be there, but will be the ace. The question...
Via Burning River Baseball
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Indians Exercise Aviles’ Option?

The Cleveland Indians will have a few hard decisions to make, regarding personnel and one of the first of these should involve Mike Aviles. Unlike all but one other member of the final 40 man roster for the Indians, Aviles is not officially under contract for the 2015 season. Rather, the super utility man has a single option year left from his contract that he signed shortly after...
Via Burning River Baseball
October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Aviles sac fly lifts Indians over Astros in 13

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians relied on their pitching again, and their offense came alive just in time to beat the Houston Astros. Mike Aviles' sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Jose Ramirez and gave the Indians a 2-1 win on Thursday night. Ramirez doubled with one out before Samuel Deduno (2-6) walked Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana to set up Aviles' fly to right...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Aviles sac fly lifts Indians over Astros in 13

HOUSTON (AP) Mike Aviles's sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Jose Ramirez and gave the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. Ramirez doubled with one out before Samuel Deduno (2-6) walked Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana to set up Aviles' fly to right. Jake Marisnick's throw to the plate was offline, and Ramirez scored easily. Kyle Crockett...
Via AP on Fox
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Avila Bounces Off Backstop To Make Incredible Catch (Video)

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila put a lot of faith in the backstop netting at Comerica Park on Friday night. When Mike Aviles of the Kansas City Royals hit a pop fly behind home plate, the catcher ran toward the ball and jumped into the netting to make an amazing catch before bouncing back onto the field feet-first. Avila made a tough play look easy. Hey, in fact, it looks kind...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Injury Update: Mike Aviles cleared to play

The Cleveland Indians improved to 76-69 on the season and stay in the thick of the American League Central race following a doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Carlos Santana provided the offense, hitting home runs in both games. There was more good news as Mike Aviles, who has been out with concussion-like symptoms, was cleared to play. #454509874 / gettyimages...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Injury Update: Mike Aviles close to returning from concussion

The Cleveland Indians dropped to 74-69 on the season following a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. At five games back in the division and the wild card race, the Indians need to be healthy to make a run at the post season down the stretch. The good news is that Mike Aviles is improving and is close to returning from a concussion. #488338739 / gettyimages.comOur own Nathaniel...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Aviles out for extended period

CLEVELAND -- Mike Aviles will be out for an undermined period due to concussion-related symptoms. Aviles hit his head on the turf in right field during the first inning of Monday's game against the Tigers and came out in the fourth after saying he was nauseous. Due to the expanded rosters, Aviles does not have to be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list but he will go...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians' Aviles out with concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians utilityman Mike Aviles is sidelined because of a concussion. Aviles was injured in the first inning Monday when he attempted to make a diving catch of a fly ball in right field. He remained in the game, but misjudged a ball two innings later and was removed with a sore neck. Manager Terry Francona said Aviles is a ''little foggy'' and was sent home by team...
Via AP on Fox
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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