Skin Blues wrote:Oh, I fully understand how bad shorstops typically are at hitting. However, last year Aviles was 17th out of 19 qualifying shortstops in wOBA. However you slice it, that is not "average". Overall the past 2 seasons he's 20th out of 24 shortstops in wOBA with at least 850 PAs. The only ones worse are Brendan Ryan (a defensive wizard), Clint Barmes, Ryan Theriot, and Cliff Pennington. At a position where nothing is expected of the bat, he's still damn near the bottom. He's played good SS defense but somehow at 2B and 3B he's been below average over his career. Considering Toronto already has two of the best defensive shortstops in the league, they will probably get no value out of his glove, anyway. There aren't many MLB players that would have been more useless to the Blue Jays than Mike Aviles.
It's convenient that you leave out the 11 teams that had to play multiple piles of crap at the position and didn't haven any qualify. 17 out of 30 is close to average as is his OPS (.010 below average).
I also think it's likely that the Jays dump Yunel this offseason which would make Aviles useful.