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The Detroit Tigers Sign Catcher Alex Avila to One Year Deal

February 4th, 2014 at 7:22 PM
By MacK Lester

The Detroit Tigers took another sigh of relief last week as they came to a deal with their number one catcher, Alex Avila.

'Alex Avila' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Avila signed with the team for a one year deal worth $4.35 million with an option for 2014 worth $5.4 million. The option will be in effect if Avila is able to either makes the All-star team or finishes in the top 10 for MVP or Silver Slugging voting for the season.

In 2013, the 27 year old hit .227, 11 home runs, 47 RBIs in 102 games, his worst season since his first full season in 2010. In 11 post-season games he had five hits.

In 2011 he was selected for the All-Star team was won a Silver Slugger award. He also led the American League with runners caught stealing in 2011 and 2012.

In his career he has posted a .254 hitting average, with 51 home runs, 222 RBIs in 492 games played over five seasons, all with Detroit.

Avila’s father Al is currently the Vice President and Assistant General Manager in the Detroit Tigers front office. 

Tags: Alex Avila, Baseball, Detroit, Detroit Tigers, MLB

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