Today in Tribe History: March 13, 1981
Bob Toth | On 13, Mar 2015
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. He played in only 36 games the next season, but appeared in 110 games and hit .304 in 2010. After a slow start in 2011, he was traded to the Red Sox, where he hit .317 in 38 games in Terry Francona’s last season in Boston. He appeared in a career-high 136 games for Boston in 2012, but was traded after the season to Toronto as part of the compensation for the movement of former Blue Jays manager John Farrell to Boston.
Two weeks later, the Blue Jays swapped him to the Indians with catcher Yan Gomes for reliever Esmil Rogers. He has appeared in 237 games for Cleveland in the last two seasons, playing six different spots in the field as well as designated hitter.