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Alex Avila | Catcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Alex Avila (concussion) has been cleared for all physical activity and will enter spring training without any restrictions.
The battered backstop suffered at least three concussions during the 2014 campaign. He'll attempt to use a hockey-style catcher's mask in 2015 in an effort to prevent further damage. With James McCann seemingly ready to make the leap to the big leagues, Avila could see his time behind the plate reduced this season. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said he's considered using Avila in the No. 2 spot in the batting order versus righties. Jan 24 - 8:35 AM

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According to Nick Piecoro of, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro could be fits with the club.

The Tigers appear to be set with Avila being their starting catcher next year, but they would likely also listen if another team came calling. Avila struggled to a .218/.327/.359 line this past season, and he's dealt with concussion issues in recent years. Avila will make $5.4 million in 2015 before hitting the free agent market.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 08:56:00 PM

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News believes that the Tigers now appear content to roll with Alex Avila behind the plate in 2015.

Henning also notes that it's likely Avila's final season in Motown, as he's set to hit free agency following the season and has seen his offensive profile severely diminish in recent seasons. The Tigers are likely to break camp with James McCann as their backup catcher, and his role should expand throughout the season before taking over the role full-time heading into 2016.
Source: Detroit News
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 10:11:00 AM

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.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 10:26:00 AM

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
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 10:21:00 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.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 05:30:00 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."
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 11:34:00 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."
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 01:55:00 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.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 09:48:00 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.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 06:21:00 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.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 12:30:00 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.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 10:25:00 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.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 05:12:00 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.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 03:56:00 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.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 04:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
3Josh Wilson
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
3Wynton Bernard
4Xavier Avery
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Joel Hanrahan
6Bruce Rondon
7Alex Wilson
8Blaine Hardy
9Josh Zeid
10Tom Gorzelanny
11Kyle Ryan
12Buck Farmer
13Angel Nesbitt