Cleveland has exercised its $3.5 million option on Mike Aviles, bringing back the 34-year-old infielder for next season.
Aviles has been a terrible hitter for a long time now, so this is paying a premium for defensive versatility and … I dunno, maybe clubhouse presence.
This season he hit just .247 with a .616 OPS in 113 games and Aviles hasn’t cracked a .700 OPS since 2010. His on-base percentages during the past four years are .289, .282, .282, and .273. Again, those are on-base percentage and not batting averages.
Cleveland could have bought out Aviles for $250,000.