With the Red Sox all but out of contention for a postseason spot, this is the time of the season where the organization can start to prioritize development. Aviles, who is hitting .254 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs, could pay a price for that.
"I don't know if that's the case -- maybe," manager Bobby Valentine said.
Valentine hadn't spoken much with Aviles about the situation as of his pregame session with reporters on Wednesday, but he realized it was something that would have to be discussed fairly soon.
"Not much [conversation yet], because I don't know how it will change," Valentine said. "I think Mike's a little concerned about that though, so he's DHing today. I've been a little tied up. I'll probably get to him before the day is over."
One option could be to play Aviles at third base down the stretch, given that Will Middlebrooks is out for the season with a fractured right wrist. However, that would cost Pedro Ciriaco playing time, and he's been a terrific addition to the roster.
"[Aviles has] done a pretty good job at shortstop," Valentine said. "A [darn] good job."