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Alex Avila | Catcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Tigers exercised C Alex Avila's $5.4 million club option for the 2015 season.
Avila would have been arbitration-eligible if the option was declined and probably would have come close to $5.4 million anyway through that process despite batting just .218/.327/.359 in 124 games this past season. There's been talk that the Tigers might try to trade Avila at some point this winter, with the Red Sox, Braves, and Cardinals being floated as potential landing spots. Nov 17 - 10:26 AM

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox, Braves and Cardinals could consider a trade for Alex Avila in order to use him as a backup.

Avila has dealt with concussions in recent years and has seen his production at the plate drop. While he's no longer terribly appealing as a starter, he could still be a nice piece in a part-time role. The Tigers hold a $5.4 million club option on Avila, who will be arbitration-eligible if the option was declined. Detroit would likely have to pick up a good chunk of the money in order to move him.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 16 - 10:21 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Tigers are listening to offers for Alex Avila.

Cafardo mentions the Braves and Red Sox as teams with interest. Avila batted just .218/.327/.359 in 2014 for the Tigers and has suffered multiple concussions over the past couple of seasons. It doesn't seem like Detroit will be able to get much in return.
Nov 12 - 5:30 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers are expected to bring Alex Avila back next season.

The club holds a $5.4 million option on Avila for 2015. They could decline it, but he would be arbitration-eligible rather than a free agent, and the Tigers might think they could save a bit of money by taking that route. Avila hit just .218/.327/.359 in 2014 and has battled concussion issues the past two seasons. However, general manager Dave Dombrowski said last month of Avila's concussion problems that "I don't think that weighs on my mind from a planning process."
Nov 2 - 11:34 AM

Alex Avila (head) said Monday that he has given no consideration to retiring from baseball.

Avila suffered yet another concussion in the Tigers' ALDS Game 3 loss to the Orioles, but he was examined by a specialist last week and is expecting to be 100 percent for the start of spring training next February. "I had a CT scan and an MRI checking my brain and my neck and the arteries leading to it, and everything checks out normal and healthy," the 27-year-old catcher told on Monday afternoon. "And talking with the neurologist that examined everything, I shouldn't have any concern."
Oct 13 - 1:55 PM

Alex Avila went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his return to Detroit's lineup on Monday.

It was Avila's first appearance in eight days after he suffered a concussion on Sept. 14. Dating back to Sept. 9, he's struck out multiple times in in six straight starts, and he's up to 146 strikeouts in 119 games this season.
Sep 22 - 9:48 PM

Alex Avila is back in the Tigers' lineup Monday.

It will be his first start in over a week due to post-concussion issues. Avila took batting practice and played in a simulated game on Sunday without any issues, clearing the way for his return to action. He's at catcher and hitting seventh against Chris Bassitt and the White Sox.
Sep 22 - 6:21 PM

Alex Avila (concussion) took batting practice and plated in a simulated game on Sunday without any issues.

As long as he receives the proper medical clearance on Monday, there's a strong chance that he'll rejoin the Tigers starting lineup for the opener of a three-game set against the White Sox.
Sep 22 - 12:30 AM

Alex Avila (concussion) remains out of the Tigers starting lineup on Saturday.

Avila continues to battle concussion-like symptoms and was disoriented when attempting to take swings on Thursday and Friday. Bryan Holaday will take his place behind the dish on Saturday and will continue to share time with rookie James McCann until Avila returns.
Sep 20 - 10:25 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Alex Avila (concussion) felt "disoriented" when he tried taking some swings Thursday and Friday.

Avila is sitting out Friday for the 10th time in 17 games this month due to post-concussion issues, and it sounds like, if anything, his symptoms are getting worse. With just over a week left in the season, he might not make it back. James McCann is getting the start behind the dish Friday, and he'll share time with Bryan Holaday while Avila is out.
Sep 19 - 5:12 PM

Alex Avila (concussion) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Friday.

Avila has dealt with post-concussion issues for a good chunk of September, starting just nine of a possible 16 games. He'll miss the first game of the huge three-game set against the Royals and it's not clear when he'll return to action. James McCann is behind the dish Friday.
Sep 19 - 3:56 PM

Alex Avila (head) is absent from the Tigers' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

Avila hasn't played since taking a foul tip off his mask on Sunday. He has a history of concussions, so the Tigers are treating the situation carefully. Bryan Holaday will start at catcher against the Twins.
Sep 17 - 4:49 PM

Alex Avila (head) is out of the Tigers' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

Avila took a foul tip off his mask on Sunday, so he was held out Monday and Bryan Holaday will get another start behind the plate Tuesday versus the Twins. Avila has a history of concussions, so the Tigers are going to play it safe with him down the stretch.
Sep 16 - 4:42 PM

Alex Avila (head) is not in Monday's lineup against the Twins.

Avila left Sunday's game with lightheadedness after taking a foul tip off the mark. The Tigers aren't going to take any chances, given his history. Bryan Holaday will start behind the plate.
Sep 15 - 4:28 PM

Alex Avila left Sunday's game against the Indians with lightheadedness.

Avila took yet another foul tip off his mask in Sunday's contest. While he didn't display concussion-like symptoms, the Tigers opted to play things cautiously given his history. He is likely to receive an off-day on Monday as well.
Sep 14 - 7:39 PM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Eugenio Suarez
3Andrew Romine
4Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
CF1Rajai Davis
2Wynton Bernard
3Xavier Avery
RF1Torii Hunter
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Kyle Lobstein
6Robbie Ray
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Bruce Rondon
7Joel Hanrahan
8Blaine Hardy
9Josh Zeid
10Kyle Ryan
11Buck Farmer
12Luke Putkonen
13Angel Nesbitt