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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
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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

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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

MLB.com'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.
Source: MLB.com
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

Alex Avila picked up a single and a double across four at-bats in Saturday's loss in San Diego.

Avila accounted for two of the team's six hits in the road loss. He has four multi-hit games over his past nine outings to raise his average from .310 to .320 just since June 15. He should continue to see a regular role either at catcher, first base or as the designated hitter with Victor Martinez (heart) on the mend.
Jun 25 - 3:29 AM

Alex Avila went 2-for-3 in the Tigers' loss to the Rays on Sunday.

Avila singled twice and drew a walk, scoring Detroit's only run of the afternoon in the bottom of the first inning. He's batting .326/.443/.609 in 46 games this season and should continue to get everyday playing time between catcher, DH, and first base. He served as the Tigers' designated hitter Sunday with Victor Martinez (heart) on the disabled list.
Jun 18 - 5:42 PM

Alex Avila went 2-for-4 with a homer and a walk versus the Angels on Tuesday.

Avila can only play so much, but he seems to homer every time he's in the lineup. He now has nine in just 108 at-bats for the season. He has the ability to keep hitting for power, but one wonders if he'll go into a slump or get hurt first.
Jun 6 - 10:53 PM

Alex Avila blasted his sixth home run of the season as the Tigers fell to the White Sox on Friday night in Chicago.

Avila's solo shot off of Mike Pelfrey in the fifth inning pulled the Tigers to within a run at 3-2, but that would be as close as they would get. Avila has been a monster at the plate this season, slashing .354/.475/.659 with six homers and 20 RBI. With James McCann on the disabled list, he'll continue to see regular run behind the plate.
May 27 - 2:48 AM

Alex Avila finished 3-for-3 with a double, a solo home run, a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in Saturday's win against the Rangers.

Avila continues to scorch at the plate, driving in nine runs across 10 games in the month of May. He continues to hit for high average and he is slashing an amazing .382/.488/.706 overall on the season. Avila has a .243 career average and .751 OPS, so this type of production isn't likely to be sustainable. Avila is a great sell-high candidate in most fantasy formats.
May 20 - 11:28 PM

Alex Avila clubbed a two-run homer off of Carlos Carrasco, powering the Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Indians on Sunday.

Avila's second inning blast was a no-doubter to center field. He also singled and drew a pair of walks in the contest, finishing the day 2-for-2. While it's in an extremely small sample, Avila is hitting a very impressive .700/.786/1.000 with two homers and five RBI on the young season.
Apr 16 - 5:12 PM

Alex Avila crushed a two-run homer off of Trevor Bauer on Friday, helping to power the Tigers to a victory over the Indians.

Avila delivered the final blow against Bauer, with his opposite-field two-run blast chasing the right-hander from the game in the sixth inning. He also singled and drew a walk, finishing the impressive night 2-for-3.
Apr 14 - 11:20 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nicholas Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Alex Presley
2Andrew Romine
RF1Mikie Mahtook
2Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Anibal Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Justin Wilson
2Shane Greene
3Alex Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Warwick Saupold
6Chad Bell
7Daniel Stumpf