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Alex Avila | Catcher | #5

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / DET
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Alex Avila is out of the starting lineup on Friday against the Rockies.
It's not a huge surprise, as the Diamondbacks are likely going to sit Avila against left-handers whenever possible, and Tyler Anderson gets the start for the Rockies. John Ryan Murphy gets the starting assignment behind the plate. The rest of the lineup: David Peralta LF, Ketel Marte 2B, Paul Goldschmidt 1B, A.J. Pollock CF, Chris Owings RF, Jake Lamb 3B, Nick Ahmed SS, Murphy C, and Robbie Ray on the mound. Mar 30 - 5:28 PM

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Diamondbacks signed C Alex Avila to a two-year, $8.25 million contract.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Avila passed his physical on Tuesday, and the deal is now official with Reymond Fuentes being designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Avila, 31, spent the 2017 season with the Tigers and Cubs, hitting 14 homers with 49 RBI and an .834 OPS in 112 games between the two clubs. He should be the primary catcher for Arizona in 2018, with backups Jeff Mathis and Chris Herrmann likely getting the occasional start to give the left-handed-hitting veteran a day off.
Jan 31 - 6:30 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that free agent catcher Alex Avila has agreed to a two-year, $8.25 million contract with the Diamondbacks.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic was first to pass along word of the Diamondbacks' deal with Avila on Tuesday night, and now the framework of the contract has been disclosed. It's all pending a physical, which should take place sometime this week in the Phoenix area. Avila figures to carry a good amount of fantasy value in power-friendly Arizona after batting .264/.387/.447 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 112 games last season between the Tigers and Cubs. Jeff Mathis and Chris Herrmann will get starts, but Avila is probably going to be the main guy behind the plate because of the offensive upside.
Jan 31 - 2:22 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are nearing an agreement with free agent catcher Alex Avila.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the deal is done, pending a physical. Financial details have not been disclosed. Avila was known to be drawing heavy interest from the Nationals, but the Diamondbacks can offer a better opportunity for regular playing time and the 31-year-old should get a nice boost in fantasy relevance with the move to Arizona's hitter-friendly Chase Field. Avila put up an impressive .264/.387/.447 batting line with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 112 games last season between the Tigers and Cubs.
Jan 30 - 7:40 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that free agent catcher Alex Avila has come up in the Nationals' discussions.

Avila told MLB Network Radio last month that he would be open to serving as a backup on a contending team and the Nationals have stated a desire to get Matt Wieters extra rest in 2018, so this could be a pretty nice fit. As of now, Pedro Severino is positioned as the No. 2 catcher in Washington.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 11:01:00 AM

During an appearance on MLB Network Radio, free agent Alex Avila stated that he'd be open to being a backup on a contending club.

"The number one priority is having an opportunity to go to the playoffs," Avila said. "I have told teams this. My agent this. I have no issue going to a team and being a backup. I have no issue being a platoon player." While saying this is not the same thing as turning down money from a team that may not contend, it certainly does open up the 31-year-old's potential landing spots, as almost any club would welcome him as their backup. That being said, there are contending teams that could procure his services as a starter just as easily this winter.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 10:44:00 PM

Alex Avila tripled in the ninth inning to drive in the only run of the game versus the Pirates on Wednesday.

The veteran catcher came to the plate in the final frame with a runner on second base in a scoreless game and stroked a triple to drive in the run. It was the first triple since 2013 for the stone-footed backstop. He has a .268/.388/.467 triple slash with 14 homers and 48 RBI in 101 games split between the Tigers and Cubs this year.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 11:02:00 PM

Alex Avila is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Saturday.

Just a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Rene Rivera will do the catching for Jon Lester and bat eighth against Lucas Sims and the Braves on Saturday.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 10:50:00 AM

Alex Avila is not in the Cubs' lineup Saturday against the Reds.

It's a scheduled day off for Avila, who has rolled to a .400 average during his six-game hitting streak. Rene Rivera will start behind the plate and bat eight Thursday against rookie right-hander Sal Romano.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 04:44:00 PM

Alex Avila hit a walkoff two-run single in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Cubs defeated the Blue Jays 6-5 on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

Toronto took a two-run lead in the top of the 10th, but closer Roberto Osuna couldn't make it stick -- and Blue Jays catcher Rafael Lopez didn't help the cause. Avila came off the bench in this one, drawing a walk in his first plate appearance before playing the role of hero in his second. The 30-year-old catcher has 10 RBI in 12 games since joining the defending World Series champions.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 06:12:00 PM

Alex Avila finished 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two RBI and two walks in Friday's win at Arizona.

Avila is off to a great start taking over as the primary catcher with Willson Contreras (hamstring) on the shelf. He is expected to play regularly until Contreras is able to return, likely in September. Avila has swatted two homers over his past three starts.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 01:45:00 AM

Alex Avila slugged his first Cubs homer on Saturday afternoon against the Nationals.

It was a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning off Nationals starter Edwin Jackson. Avila started at catcher in this one, with Willson Contreras patrolling left field.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 06:12:00 PM

Cubs acquired C Alex Avila from the Tigers in the Justin Wilson deal.

It's not every day that you see a general manager deal his son, but Avila is now in a situation where he could win this year. The 30-year-old has been fantastic this season, batting .274/.394/.475 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI over 77 games. He'll give Chicago an experienced backup to Willson Contreras behind the plate.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 10:10:00 AM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Cubs could potentially acquire Alex Avila and Justin Wilson in a package deal.

The Cubs are one of the teams that's hot and heavy in the Justin Wilson sweepstakes, and have also been linked to Alex Avila for some time now. Jeimer Candelario is believed to be in play as part of a return package in such a deal.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 09:25:00 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Cubs and Tigers are having "ongoing discussions" regarding Alex Avila.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Friday that Avila is "not a current priority" for the Cubs, as they were looking for a backup catcher with better defense. However, Morosi is apparently hearing that Avila is still in the picture. Avila's offense has tailed off dramatically this month, but he's still hitting .271/.392/.472 with 11 homers overall.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 01:51:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Jeff Mathis
3John Ryan Murphy
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2Christian Walker
2B1Ketel Marte
2Chris Owings
SS1Nick Ahmed
2Deven Marrero
3B1Jake Lamb
2Daniel Descalso
LF1Steven Souza
2Jarrod Dyson
CF1A.J. Pollock
RF1David Peralta
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Zack Greinke
2Robbie Ray
3Taijuan Walker
4Patrick Corbin
5Zack Godley
6Shelby Miller
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Archie Bradley
3Yoshihisa Hirano
4Andrew Chafin
5Jorge De La Rosa
6Fernando Salas
7T.J. McFarland
8Randall Delgado