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2017 Tigers player preview: Was bringing back Alex Avila the right decision?

Avila followed up a disappointing 2015 with a serviceable performance last season. Reactions were mixed when the Detroit Tigers decided to part ways with Alex Avila near the end of 2015, as the catcher had been a significant part of the team for over six seasons. Despite a couple years of high offensive output, the tide had turned in the fanbase, and an injury-riddled, below-average...
Via Bless You Boys
5 days ago

Alex Avila returning to Tigers

DETROIT (AP) -- Alex Avila got a present of sorts, indirectly from his father, and will host a celebration this weekend with his family minus any potential baseball-related drama.The Detroit Tigers brought back Avila to play behind starting catcher James McCann, giving him a $2 million, one-year contract.Avila's father, Al Avila, is Detroit's general manager."I don't think he was...
Via Associated Press
December 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Tigers bring back catcher Alex Avila with $2M, 1-year deal

DETROIT (AP) The Tigers are bringing back catcher Alex Avila with a $2 million, one-year contract. Avila tells The Associated Press he is excited for the opportunity to back up James McCann. He says his family, including Tigers general manager Al Avila, will have something other than Christmas to celebrate this weekend at his home in Florida. Detroit drafted Avila in 2008 and...
Via Associated Press
December 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander has funny exchange with ex-teammate after home run

Justin Verlander had a funny exchange with Alex Avila after being burned by his former catcher for the second start in a row. In the 7th inning of Monday’s Tigers-White Sox game, Avila homered off Verlander to tie the game at two. The homer marked Avila’s sixth of the season and second homer off Verlander as he also took the former Cy Younger deep in a previous game. Avila...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox sign catcher Alex Avila

The Chicago White Sox have signed former Tigers catcher Alex Avila to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, the team announced Wednesday. The #WhiteSox have agreed to terms with catcher Alex Avila on a one-year deal. — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) November 25, 2015 Avila, 28, played seven seasons in Detroit, hitting .242 with 66 home runs. He has battled...
Via The Outside Corner
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers love Alex Avila, maybe you should too

Detroit Tigers fans far and wide seem completely fed up with Alex Avila. The Detroit Tigers themselves are not. They have signed off on his option year, which will keep Avila in Motown for the 2015 season at the price of $5.4M. Clearly Avila is not the player that took the American League by storm in 2011. That year, after a so-so rookie campaign, he hit .295 with 33 doubles, 19...
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Avila’s homer lifts Tigers to 5-4 win over Cleveland As the Royals led the Red Sox comfortably the Tigers were in danger of losing their half-game lead over Kansas City trailing Cleveland by a run in the bottom of the 8th with two outs. That was until Alex Avila, whose become incredibly clutch sent a 3-2 pitch from Bryan Shaw out over the right...
Via The Majors Detroit
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Alex Avila jumps into screen for sweet catch

Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila is doing everything he can to keep the Tigers in the hunt for the AL Central crown. In the fifth inning of Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians, he chased down a foul ball hit by Indians OF Mike Aviles. He dived and made the catch. But in doing so, he hit into the safety net, bounced...
Via The Sports Daily
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Alex Avila tipping the Tigers’ pitches?

Fans and the Tigers alike continue to look for answers when it comes to the team’s nearly month and a half long free fall. During that time the offense has gone silent but perhaps most importantly Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer have been getting lit up by opposing pitchers which again leaves many wondering what the hell is going on? Could it be mechanics? A string of bad luck...
Via The Majors Detroit
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Notes: Avila back in starting lineup Sunday

DETROIT -- Tigers catcher Alex Avila may still be a baseball magnet but he's doing fine. Two nights after getting caught in the mask by David Ortiz's backswing and leaving the game, Avila was back in the lineup for Sunday night's game. "I don't think I was that concerned when I came out of the game," Avila said. "The last time I had a concussion I was nauseous and dizzy, a little...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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