Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/17/14
CATCHER: You can't worry too much about a position when you've got the reigning All-Star starter, can you? In his third season, Avila overcame an ugly midseason slump he had one RBI in July to post a .295 batting average and 19 homers. His slugging percentage was .506, and he also put up a remarkable .389 on-base percentage. Although Jim Leyland has made it clear that he wouldn't consider it, Avila might be the most natural leadoff hitter on the team. He's also a fine defensive catcher who works well with Detroit's young pitching staff. At 25, he's still a couple years from his prime, and there's not a team in the American League that wouldn't love to have him. Behind Avila, though, is a problem. Last year, when Victor Martinez's knee kept him from catching late in the year, Avila wore down under the workload and hit just .073 in the postseason. This year, the Tigers tried to fix that problem by signing old friend Gerald Laird, who just won a World Series as the Cardinals' backu...
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