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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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Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that free agent catcher Alex Avila has come up in the Nationals' discussions.
Avila told MLB Network Radio last month that he would be open to serving as a backup on a contending team and the Nationals have stated a desire to get Matt Wieters extra rest in 2018, so this could be a pretty nice fit. As of now, Pedro Severino is positioned as the No. 2 catcher in Washington. Wed, Dec 13, 2017 11:01:00 AM

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During an appearance on MLB Network Radio, free agent Alex Avila stated that he'd be open to being a backup on a contending club.

"The number one priority is having an opportunity to go to the playoffs," Avila said. "I have told teams this. My agent this. I have no issue going to a team and being a backup. I have no issue being a platoon player." While saying this is not the same thing as turning down money from a team that may not contend, it certainly does open up the 31-year-old's potential landing spots, as almost any club would welcome him as their backup. That being said, there are contending teams that could procure his services as a starter just as easily this winter.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 10:44:00 PM

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.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 11:02:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 10:50:00 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.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 04:44:00 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.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 06:12:00 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.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 01:45:00 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.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 06:12:00 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.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 10:10:00 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.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 09:25:00 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.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 01:51:00 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.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 12:24:00 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.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 11:53:00 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.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 12:20:00 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.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 11:02:00 AM

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