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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...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 18, 2014
Detroit Tigers did not pursue Russell Martin prior to picking up team option on catcher Alex Avila

Detroit Tigers did not pursue Russell Martin prior to picking up team option on catcher Alex Avila

Some have speculated that the Tigers were likely interested in Martin and picked up the team option on Avila on Monday once they knew that Martin was headed elsewhere. The fact that the Detroit Tigers picked up their team option on catcher Alex Avila on the same day that free-agent catcher Russell Martin signed a lucrative deal with the Toronto Blue Jays appears to be nothing more than a coincidence. Some have speculated that the Tigers were likely interested in Martin and picked up the team option on Avila on Monday once they knew that Martin was headed...
Bless You Boys Nov 18, 2014

Russell Martin's new contract proves Alex Avila's worth to Tigers

Avila isn't as good as Martin, but the Tigers are getting more bang for their buck. For the last two weeks, Russell Martin has been one of the hottest commodities in baseball. Easily the best catcher on the free agent market, Martin was linked to numerous teams before signing a five year, $82 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. The deal will pay Martin an average of $16.4 million-per-year through his age-36 season in 2019. Lost amid yesterday's hubbub — that Giancarlo Stanton fellow garnered a few pageviews himself — was a move deciding another catcher's future. The...
Bless You Boys Nov 17, 2014

Tigers exercise Alex Avila's $5.4 million contract option for 2015

The 27 year old catcher is in his final year of club control before free agency. The Tigers can cross off another item off of their to-do list. On Monday, the Tigers unannounced that they had exercised their option on catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. The team had until November 20 to exercise the $5.4 million option amid rumours that he was being reportedly shopped around for trade. Defensively Alex Avila had one of the best seasons of his career, being nominated as a finalist for the 2014 American League Gold Glove awards. He finished with a .995 fielding percentage and 36 runners...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 17, 2014
Detroit Tigers exercise team option for Alex Avila; catcher will make $5.4 million in 2015

Detroit Tigers exercise team option for Alex Avila; catcher will make $5.4 million in 2015

There have been reports that Avilas name has come up in trade discussions in the past week or so. This news doesnt necessarily change the possibility that Avila could be traded. The Detroit Tigers had until Thursday to decide whether to exercise their team option on catcher Alex Avila. They formalized their decision with a few days to spare. The Tigers announced Monday morning that they have exercised their team option on Avila that will pay him $5.4 million for the 2015 season. If the Tigers had not exercised the option, Avila still would not have been free to...
Rotoworld Nov 17, 2014

Tigers exercise $5.4M option on C Alex Avila - Alex Avila (C) Detroit Tigers

Tigers exercised C Alex Avila's $5.4 million club option for the 2015 season.
KFFL Nov 17, 2014

Tigers | Yet to decide on Alex Avila

Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila will know by Thursday, Nov. 20, whether his $5.4 million ...
Bless You Boys Nov 13, 2014

Rumor: Tigers are 'listening' on offers for Alex Avila

The Red Sox and Braves are reportedly interested in the Tigers' catcher. The Tigers have been very busy this week, re-signing Victor Martinez to a four year contract extension and trading for center fielder Anthony Gose. They may not be done, though. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweeted that the Tigers were "listening" on offers for catcher Alex Avila. Cafardo says that his hometown Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves "have some interest in [a left-handed] hitter." Avila hit .218/.327/.359 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 457 plate appearances last season. He was worth 2.1 WAR, the...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 13, 2014
Reasons why Detroit Tigers might, might not want to trade catcher Alex Avila this offseason

Reasons why Detroit Tigers might, might not want to trade catcher Alex Avila this offseason

One report that the Tigers are listening to teams who are seeking catcher Alex Avila has led to a second report that says they Avila is being discussed in trades. "Listening" is a tricky word when it comes to offseason rumors regarding potential baseball trades. The Detroit Tigers would "listen" to offers for every one of their players. Listening is free, so why would they turn a team away that wanted to discuss the possibilities? But one report that the Tigers are "listening" to teams who are seeking catcher Alex Avila has led to a second report that says...
Over the Monster Nov 13, 2014

Red Sox pursuing Alex Avila trade?

The Red Sox could be looking to swing a deal for Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who has fallen on hard times at the plate these past few years. The Tigers are listening to trade offers for catcher Alex Avila and, according to Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox are among the interested parties: Tigers are listening on catcher Alex Avila, Braves and Red Sox have some interest in LH hitter.. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) November 12, 2014 Back in 2011, Alex Avila looked like a star in the making. At just 24 years of age, Avila was a dangerous force at the plate, hitting .295/.389/.506 in 551 plate...
Bless You Boys Oct 31, 2014
Tigers report card: Alex Avila was more valuable than you think in 2014

Tigers report card: Alex Avila was more valuable than you think in 2014

If you don't like advanced statistics, you probably don't like Avila very much. The Tigers have had several excellent catchers wear their uniform over the years. From Mickey Cochrane to Bill Freehan, Lance Parrish to Ivan Rodriguez, the Tigers have a rich history of backstops who have been above average players on both sides of the ball. Alex Avila does not belong in this pantheon. But he has been a valuable member of the Tigers franchise over the past several years, even after his monster 2011 season. This year was no different for the Tigers' oft-maligned signal caller. He put up 2.1 WAR...
Bless You Boys Oct 27, 2014
Al Avila, Dave Dombrowski share continuing concerns about Alex Avila's health

Al Avila, Dave Dombrowski share continuing concerns about Alex Avila's health

Alex Avila has suffered several concussions in recent years and it has the Tigers worried, despite doctors' assurances that Avila is not risking his long-term health by continuing to catch. Alex Avila put together some of the best defensive numbers of his career in 2014, despite suffering several concussions this past season. Avila passed every follow-up test in the weeks after the concussion on October 5, the day the Tigers' were swept out of the ALDS. Medically, Avila has been given the all-clear but the Tigers remain concerned. The concussions aren't cause for trepidation from a roster...

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