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Bless You Boys Dec 13, 2014

Brad Ausmus recognizes the value of pitch framing, and it could determine Alex Avila's future

The Tigers skipper was one of the best pitch framing catchers in recent memory, and his expertise could potentially determine who the Tigers' catcher is in 2016. One of the latest trends in sabermetrics is the tracking and calculation of pitch framing statistics for catchers. The premise is simple: how many strikes can a catcher "add" to his team's total with superior receiving skills? There are still a lot of caveats to the general theory behind it, but even the initial attempts at quantifying this phenomenon have shed some light on another important component to a catcher's...
Grand Rapids Press Dec 10, 2014
Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart identifies Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila as possible trade target

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart identifies Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila as possible trade target

The D-backs are on the hunt for a new catcher, and GM Dave Stewart seems to have a couple replacements in mind. One of those names happens to be Tigers catcher Alex Avila. DETROIT -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are on the hunt for a new catcher, and new general manager Dave Stewart seems to have a couple replacements in mind. One of those names happens to be the catcher for the Detroit Tigers, Alex Avila. Stewart spoke to a small group of reporters Wednesday during the third day of winter meetings in San Diego and -- in an odd move -- reportedly identified Avila as...
Rotoworld Dec 10, 2014

D'backs GM identifies Avila as possible fit - Alex Avila (C) Detroit Tigers

According to Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro could be fits with the club.
Grand Rapids Press Dec 9, 2014
Brad Ausmus: Detroit Tigers catchers will compete for playing time during spring training

Brad Ausmus: Detroit Tigers catchers will compete for playing time during spring training

Alex Avila will be a free agent next offseason, so the Tigers could certainly see what they potentially have in James McCann before having to make a decision regarding the future behind the plate. SAN DIEGO -- The future for catcher James McCann could be sooner than many people expect. Manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday afternoon that playing time for Detroit Tigers catchers is basically an open competition. It appears that Alex Avila and James McCann have inside tracks on big-league spots. "It's certainly open at this point," Ausmus said. "I think clearly Alex has...
KFFL Nov 29, 2014

Tigers | Alex Avila likely to remain starting catcher

Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila is expected to remain the team's starter behind the plate ...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 20, 2014
Report: Detroit Tigers had trade talks with Houston Astros regarding catcher position

Report: Detroit Tigers had trade talks with Houston Astros regarding catcher position

The Detroit Tigers just picked up their team option on the contract of catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. But that doesnt mean they are 100 percent committed to him. The Detroit Tigers just picked up their team option on the contract of catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. But that doesn't mean they are 100 percent committed to him. Jon Morosi of Foxsports.com reported Thursday afternoon that the Tigers have had trade talks with the Houston Astros regarding at least one of their catchers: Tigers have had preliminary trade contact with the Astros on...

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