Tigers sign utilityman Mike Aviles
The Tigers have reached an agreement with utilityman Mike Aviles, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports. The terms of the contract are not yet known. He had completed his contract with the Indians, earning $6.5 million over three seasons.
Aviles, who will turn 35 years old in March, stepped to the plate 317 times this past season and hit .231/.282/.317 with five home runs and 17 RBI. Though the numbers are underwhelming, he provides value in his ability to play nearly anywhere on the baseball field. With the Indians, he played second base, third base, shortstop, and all three outfield positions.
The Tigers’ 40-man roster is at its limit, so the club will need to remove someone in order to add Aviles.