Flaherty performed well during the postseason, hitting .286/.400/.429 in 21 at-bats after posting a .221/.288/.356 line during the regular season. The Orioles were outscored by only six runs during the ALCS but wound up being swept by the Royals, ending their season in disappointing fashion.
Flaherty was a bright spot offensively, driving in two runs during the contest. In the fifth inning, Flaherty aided in the team’s comeback, driving in two runs with a single. He would also single two other times during the contest. Flaherty finished 3 for 5, with two RBI.
Moustakas stepped to the plate with a man on base in the 10th inning, and blasted a two-run homer. The Royals had already taken a one-run lead on an Alex Gordon home run earlier in the frame, but Moustakas’ hit gave the team some breathing room in the bottom of the inning. Moustakas finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI.
The Yankees could need depth and insurance at that position behind the oft-injured Mark Teixeira, who has been limited to 138 games in the last two years combined and batted .216 in 2014.
Aviles played multiple positions and managed a .247/.273/.343 stat line. He swung a more potent stick against left-handers, an area that has proven problematic for the Indians.
"We'll go through our meetings and make sure we make the decision in time," general manager Chris Antonetti told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "But I can tell you much we appreciate Mike's contributions to the team, what he means on the field, his versatility, the way he's filled in almost anywhere on the diamond when we've had injuries, the presence he has in our clubhouse and the way he helps unify our group and create the energy and atmosphere in our clubhouse every day. We don't take those things for granted."
The emergence of middle infielder Jose Ramirez and presence of top prospect Francisco Lindor as the potential starting shortstop next season could make Aviles expendable, though he has filled in as an outfielder as well.
"He looks pretty healthy," Ryan said of Sano. "He could go to the outfield if needed."
Kouzmanoff was on a roll before going down. He began the year on a 20-game hitting streak and finished it with a stat line of .362/.412/.617. His 47 at-bats were his first in the major leagues since 2011.
Moustakas took Fernando Salas deep for a solo home run to lead off the 11th inning. It was his first home run since Aug. 25. Moustakas went 1 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in a 3-2 victory.
The 2013 first-round pick (26th) hit .256 with a .461 slugging percentage and .811 OPS in 92 games between the Rookie League and high Class A in 2014. He had 14 doubles, 18 home runs, 46 runs and 58 RBI.