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Alex Avila | Catcher | #31

Team: Detroit Tigers
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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Tigers signed C Alex Avila to a one-year contract.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the deal is worth $2 million. Avila is reunited with his original organization and also with his father, who is the Tigers' general manager. The veteran catcher hasn't played even 70 games in either of the last two seasons and has a .202 average over that time, but he's still gotten on base at a good clip (.349 OBP). He'll back up James McCann. Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:55:00 PM

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According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Tigers would "love" to sign free agent Alex Avila but his price tag could be too high.

He made $2.5 million with the White Sox last year and that's more than the Tigers are willing to pay for a backup catcher. Avila's ties to Detroit are obvious as he played there for seven seasons and his father is the team's general manager. The Tigers will probably still look for a left-handed bat to complement James McCann behind the plate, but it probably won't be Avila.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 10:13:00 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Tuesday that he would consider his son, Alex Avila, as the club looks for a backup catcher this winter.

The Tigers were set behind the plate last offseason, so Avila left for a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the White Sox. The 29-year-old appeared in 57 games this season while batting .213 with seven homers and a .732 OPS in 209 plate appearances. Avila was originally drafted by the Tigers back in 2008 and spent the first seven seasons of his career with the club. James McCann is now the primary catcher in Detroit.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 01:50:00 PM

Alex Avila slugged a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of Monday's extra-innings loss to the Tigers.

He got former batterymate Justin Verlander for the second time in the last week, lifting an opposite-field shot over the left-center field wall to knot things up in the seventh. Avila has homered three times in six games since returning from the disabled list, as he suddenly looks like an option in two-catcher leagues again.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 08:20:00 PM

White Sox activated C Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list.

Avila had been sidelined since July 6 with a right hamstring strain. With Dioner Navarro shipped out to Toronto on Friday, Avila should see the bulk of the action behind the plate for the White Sox over the final five-plus weeks of the regular season.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 07:10:00 PM

Alex Avila (hamstring) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Charlotte.

And he figures to return to the White Sox active roster by the end of this week, assuming he can avoid a physical setback. Avila initially landed on the disabled list July 6 with a right hamstring strain and then reaggravated the injury a few weeks later.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 01:41:00 PM

Alex Avila (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

Avila aggravated his right hamstring injury while on a rehab assignment late last month but apparently has finally made some progress. He'd appear to be on track to be activated September 1 if he can avoid more speed bumps.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 08:59:00 AM

Alex Avila (hamstring) is still unable to run well enough to be cleared to return.

Avila aggravated his right hamstring injury while on a rehab assignment two weeks ago, so the White Sox are taking things slowly with him. He figures to miss most, if not all, of August.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 09:33:00 AM

Alex Avila (hamstring) is expected to miss around four weeks.

Avila was expected to rejoin the White Sox this week, but he aggravated his recent hamstring injury while on his minor league rehab assignment. Dioner Navarro and Omar Narvaez will continue to handle catching duties for now.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 05:36:00 PM

Alex Avila (hamstring) is being reevaluated by the White Sox after he pulled himself from Tuesday's rehab game.

Avila was closing in on a potential Thursday return to the big league club, but that has been thrown into question after he was forced out of his rehab showing on Tuesday. The 29-year-old backstop was placed on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain on July 6. The White Sox will update his status on Thursday.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 04:14:00 PM

Alex Avila (hamstring) might not be ready to return Thursday.

That had been the target date, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura told the media Wednesday that Avila pulled himself from a rehab game Tuesday night. There should be a status update at some point Wednesday evening.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 02:29:00 PM

Alex Avila (hamstring) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday, the first day he's eligible.

He'll begin a short rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Monday. Avila has batted .236/.362/.358 for the White Sox this season.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 01:44:00 PM

The White Sox are hopeful that Alex Avila (hamstring) will be able to return from the disabled list against the Tigers on July 21.

Avila suffered a right hamstring strain on Tuesday. He might only spend the minimum 15 days on the disabled list, though, at least if things play out as the White Sox would desire. We should have a more clear idea of Avila's health and progress as he becomes further removed from the initial hammy injury.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 08:03:00 PM

White Sox placed C Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.

Avila suffered the injury on Tuesday night. It's not the worst timing, as the All-Star break will eat up some his 15-day stint. Omar Narvaez has been called up from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move to provide depth at catcher for Chicago.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 02:08:00 PM

Alex Avila left Tuesday's game against the Yankees with a right hamstring strain.

He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Fantasy owners should expect to be without the veteran backstop for a couple of days.
Tue, Jul 5, 2016 10:11:00 PM

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C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3Miguel Gonzalez
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Efren Navarro
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Omar Infante
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Brendan Ryan
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Juan Perez
3Jim Adduci
CF1Tyler Collins
2Mikie Mahtook
3JaCoby Jones
4Alex Presley
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Alex Wilson
6Kyle Ryan
7Daniel Stumpf
8Blaine Hardy
9Anibal Sanchez
10Mike Pelfrey