At the risk of causing an uproar...I have to lay down my opinion of Aurilia...
I think Rich is a very important member of this team. He has the ability to play all four infield positions, although I doubt we'll be seeing him at SS since the acquisition of Phillips. He has learned 1B in a pinch and is actually pretty decent. He has the ability to be moved around the infield late in ballgames to allow the Reds to have their most reliable infield out there to protect a lead.
He's pretty clutch with RISP as we all know. And as much as we like to make fun of "professional at bats", they do mean something (even I'm not sure what), and Aurilia provides them.
Over the course of his tenure in Cincinnati folks on here have blasted the signing. Last year he was signed to a 600K contract and clearly out-performed it, this year he signed for more (1.3M) and will likely under-perform it. But if you look at the cost for his two seasons, for less than 2M you got a pretty serviceable player who produces.
The other knock was hit attitude. It was a big distraction at the beginning of last season. I think that was more of a clash with Miley than anything. Maybe Miley over-promised playing time? Once Narron took over he appeard to accept his role more. And this year he seems to have a great attitude. We all saw Monday night when Lizard came out of the game and Rich walked down and offered his hand and a pat on the back. Classy thing to do in my opinion.
All in all, I think Rich is valuable. He is what he is, a slightly-more-than-average-part-time-player who is versatile and still has some life in his bat and not a burden financially.
I'm glad to have Aurilia on the club. :aurilia: =
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