Mike Aviles Wins Shortstop Battle

By Andy Lindberg

Mike Aviles has won Boston’s starting shortstop job, beating out 22-year-old prospect Jose Iglesias, who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.  Image

In 38 games with Boston in 2011 after coming over in a trade, Aviles hit .317 and scored 17 runs off the bench. Aviles began his career as a shortstop for Kansas city in 2008, when he hit .325 in 102 games for the royals and took 4th in Rookie of the Year voting.

The Red Sox made the smart move, as they have Nick Punto to man the bench and will thus enable Iglesias the ability to play every day and work on his batting mechanics. The Red Sox have an exceptionally deep bench this year, having signed Cody Ross, getting Ryan Sweeney in a trade with Oakland, and Punto coming over via free agency. Ultimately, this move will help the Red Sox transition to Iglesias without any real hiccup.

Boston has yet to decide on the final two members of their starting rotation, although Felix Doubront has made a strong case for a position. With the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees loaded with talent, Boston will have to utilize every option available in order to make the playoffs after last season’s collapse.

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