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Alex Avila | Catcher | #13

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Alex Avila tripled in the ninth inning to drive in the only run of the game versus the Pirates on Wednesday.
The veteran catcher came to the plate in the final frame with a runner on second base in a scoreless game and stroked a triple to drive in the run. It was the first triple since 2013 for the stone-footed backstop. He has a .268/.388/.467 triple slash with 14 homers and 48 RBI in 101 games split between the Tigers and Cubs this year. Sep 6 - 11:02 PM

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Alex Avila is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Saturday.

Just a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Rene Rivera will do the catching for Jon Lester and bat eighth against Lucas Sims and the Braves on Saturday.
Sep 2 - 10:50 AM

Alex Avila is not in the Cubs' lineup Saturday against the Reds.

It's a scheduled day off for Avila, who has rolled to a .400 average during his six-game hitting streak. Rene Rivera will start behind the plate and bat eight Thursday against rookie right-hander Sal Romano.
Aug 24 - 4:44 PM

Alex Avila hit a walkoff two-run single in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Cubs defeated the Blue Jays 6-5 on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

Toronto took a two-run lead in the top of the 10th, but closer Roberto Osuna couldn't make it stick -- and Blue Jays catcher Rafael Lopez didn't help the cause. Avila came off the bench in this one, drawing a walk in his first plate appearance before playing the role of hero in his second. The 30-year-old catcher has 10 RBI in 12 games since joining the defending World Series champions.
Aug 20 - 6:12 PM

Alex Avila finished 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two RBI and two walks in Friday's win at Arizona.

Avila is off to a great start taking over as the primary catcher with Willson Contreras (hamstring) on the shelf. He is expected to play regularly until Contreras is able to return, likely in September. Avila has swatted two homers over his past three starts.
Aug 12 - 1:45 AM

Alex Avila slugged his first Cubs homer on Saturday afternoon against the Nationals.

It was a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning off Nationals starter Edwin Jackson. Avila started at catcher in this one, with Willson Contreras patrolling left field.
Aug 5 - 6:12 PM

Cubs acquired C Alex Avila from the Tigers in the Justin Wilson deal.

It's not every day that you see a general manager deal his son, but Avila is now in a situation where he could win this year. The 30-year-old has been fantastic this season, batting .274/.394/.475 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI over 77 games. He'll give Chicago an experienced backup to Willson Contreras behind the plate.
Jul 31 - 10:10 AM

Mark Feinsand of reports that the Cubs could potentially acquire Alex Avila and Justin Wilson in a package deal.

The Cubs are one of the teams that's hot and heavy in the Justin Wilson sweepstakes, and have also been linked to Alex Avila for some time now. Jeimer Candelario is believed to be in play as part of a return package in such a deal.
Jul 30 - 9:25 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Cubs and Tigers are having "ongoing discussions" regarding Alex Avila.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Friday that Avila is "not a current priority" for the Cubs, as they were looking for a backup catcher with better defense. However, Morosi is apparently hearing that Avila is still in the picture. Avila's offense has tailed off dramatically this month, but he's still hitting .271/.392/.472 with 11 homers overall.
Jul 30 - 1:51 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Alex Avila is "not a current priority" for the Cubs.

Avila has put up a .276/.398/.481 batting line with 11 homers this season, but the Cubs are looking for a defense-first backstop. They've been connected to A.J. Ellis.
Jul 28 - 12:24 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Tigers and Cubs are "staying in contact" regarding a potential Alex Avila trade.

The Cubs are looking for a backup for Willson Contreras and Avila certainly looks like a good fit. The veteran backstop is making only $2 million this season and has put up a .292/.420/.518 batting line with 11 homers over 68 games.
Jul 18 - 11:53 AM

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports that Alex Avila is the Tigers' "hottest trade target at the moment."

Henning notes that "multiple" clubs are interested in the catcher. It's no surprise, of course, as Avila is making just $2 million and is sporting a robust .298/.420/.529 batting line with 11 homers. The Cubs are one team known to have interest.
Jul 16 - 12:20 PM

Alex Avila is not in the Tigers' starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.

It'll be James McCann behind the dish for the first game while Avila catches the nightcap. It's a tough blow for daily fantasy players who undoubtedly wished to utilize Avila in a juicy matchup against Josh Tomlin in the early game.
Jul 1 - 11:02 AM's Jon Morosi reports that Alex Avila is "on the radar" of the Cubs and Blue Jays.

Avila, 30, has bounced back from a few rotten, injury-plagued seasons to have a wonderful 2017, as he's hit .315/.431/.586 with 11 home runs. Both the Cubs and Jays already have viable starting catchers, so they would be interested in Avila for a secondary role. That might be for the best given his injury history. Avila will be a free agent after the season.
Jun 30 - 11:24 AM

Alex Avila continued his hot hitting by drilling a solo home run during Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

His blast off starter Ian Kennedy couldn't prevent his team from getting scorched tonight. It was his 11th homer of the season to go with a marvelous .321/.435/.597 slash line and 28 RBI. His .245 career batting average and .426 BABIP this season indicate severe regression is on the way soon.
Jun 28 - 10:29 PM

Depth Charts

C1Willson Contreras
2Alex Avila
3Rene Rivera
4Victor Caratini
5Taylor Davis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Ian Happ
CF1Jon Jay
2Albert Almora
3Leonys Martin
4Jacob Hannemann
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Jose Quintana
3Jake Arrieta
4Kyle Hendricks
5John Lackey
6Jen-Ho Tseng
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Justin Wilson
4Pedro Strop
5Hector Rondon
6Koji Uehara
7Brian Duensing
8Justin Grimm
9Dillon Maples
10Rob Zastryzny
11Mike Montgomery
12Cory Mazzoni