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Alex Avila | Catcher | #31

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 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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White Sox signed C Alex Avila to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman passed along the contract details. Avila, who turns 29 in January, struggled through injuries this season while batting just .191 with four home runs and a .626 OPS over 67 games. However, he's a gamble at this price. Avila figures to share playing time behind the plate with Tyler Flowers in 2016. Wed, Nov 25, 2015 11:22:00 AM

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Tigers general manager Al Avila announced Saturday that he doesn't expect to re-sign catcher Alex Avila this winter.

In what has to be a tough decision, the elder Avila noted that re-signing his son is not considered a priority and that his son is likely to find a better opportunity elsewhere this offseason. The 28-year-old slashed a disappointing .191/.339/.287 with four homers and 13 RBI over 67 games in an injury-plagued 2015 season.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 12:48:00 PM

Alex Avila hit a home run and walked twice in three plate appearances, but the Tigers fell to the White Sox on Monday in game two of a doubleheader.

Avila put the Tigers on the board with a solo home run to left-center off of Erik Johnson in the third inning. It's only the fourth home run the catcher has hit this season. He has a lopsided .194/.342/.291 batting line as he's drawn walks in over 18 percent of his 203 plate appearances.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 10:21:00 PM

Alex Avila is out of the Tigers' lineup on Thursday.

James McCann is starting behind the plate and batting seventh in Detroit's series finale against the Mariners. Avila is just 8-for-42 (.190) since returning in early July from more left knee problems. McCann may be the Tigers' best option at catcher going forward.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 10:35:00 AM

Alex Avila is starting at first base for the Tigers on Saturday in place of the injured Miguel Cabrera.

Avila will bat fifth for the Tigers on Saturday. It isn't quite clear yet how the Tigers plan to manage the first base position in Cabrera's absence. Jefry Marte was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday, but they may not want to throw him right in against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015 09:55:00 AM

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

Avila missed nearly two months of action with a left knee issue. He returns to a .200/.342/.317 batting line with two homers across 22 games this season.
Fri, Jul 3, 2015 03:25:00 PM

Alex Avila (knee) began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday, going 1-for-3 and catching for five innings.

He'll serve as the designated hitter in Saturday's game before getting back behind the dish on Sunday. He's likely to remain on his rehab assignment for a week or two to get his timing back, having been on the shelf since May 7. With James McCann excelling as the Tigers starting catcher, Avila will probably face a time share when he returns.
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 08:58:00 AM

Alex Avila (knee) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

Avila ran the bases at full speed on Monday morning at Progressive Field in Cleveland, where the Tigers are playing a three-game series. He'll likely head to one of the club's minor league affiliates when the Tigers head home on Thursday. Avila has been on the disabled list since early May with discomfort in his left knee. He's on track to return to the active roster in early July.
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 03:04:00 PM

Alex Avila (knee) could begin a rehab assignment after the conclusion of the Tigers' road trip next Wednesday.

Avila threw to bases and went through blocking drills on Thursday. "This week is like a mini-spring training," he said. "I feel really good." Avila is expected to require 4-6 rehab games, putting him on track to return right around the start of July.
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 10:26:00 AM

Alex Avila (knee) could catch a bullpen session on Wednesday or Thursday.

Avila had to be shut down for a bit earlier this month after feeling renewed discomfort in his left knee, but he took batting practice Tuesday and will throw to bases on Wednesday. Squatting to catch a 'pen session is the next step and the Tigers will "see where he is after that," according to manager Brad Ausmus.
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 09:30:00 AM

Alex Avila (knee) is taking full batting practice with the team on Saturday for the first time since experiencing renewed discomfort in his knee.

He's still several weeks away from a potential return to the club, but this is a step in the right direction. Barring any further setbacks, he could rejoin the Tigers before the end of June.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 01:49:00 PM

An MRI taken Tuesday on Alex Avila's left knee showed no new damage.

Avila was shut down over the weekend after complaining of renewed discomfort in his knee, but it's nothing more than routine soreness. He has been cleared to resume baseball activities and may now be on track to return to the Tigers' active roster before the end of June. James McCann is serving as Detroit's regular catcher.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Alex Avila has been shut down indefinitely after complaining of renewed discomfort in his left knee.

Avila had been cleared to resume baseball activities last week, but he's now back to square one. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday and the Tigers are gathering opinions on the results. James McCann will continue to function as the primary catcher in Detroit.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 04:27:00 PM

Alex Avila (knee) took batting practice on Friday.

The catcher said he got through the session without any issues. There's no timetable for Avila's return, but he resumed baseball activities this week and it seems possible that he'll be activated before the end of the month.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 05:03:00 PM

Alex Avila (knee) has been cleared for baseball-related activities.

And manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that he expects Avila to progress quickly now that his left knee is discomfort-free. There's still no exact timetable for the catcher's return, but mid-June seems like a fair target. James McCann will continue to serve as Detroit's primary backstop for now.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 04:25:00 PM