The Detroit Tigers have exercised the $5.4 million option on catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. Avila fell 43 plate appearances short of a $100,000 bonus for next season.
“I’m happy they did (pick up the option),” Avila told Chris Iott of MichiganLive, “and I’ll be ready to go for next season.”
Avila, a six-year player, broke into the league in 2009, but it was not until 2011 when he had his best season. Three years ago, the catcher played in 141 games (most in career) and hit .295. He added 19 home runs and 82 RBIs. However, since then it has been all down hill. In 2013, he only played in 102 games and only hit 11 home runs, his average was .227. Just when you thought it could not get worse, it did. In the 2014 season, Avila managed to play in 124 games and hit the exact same 11 home runs and 47 RBIs. 22 more games and he could not manage to put up better numbers. Also, his average dropped to .218 in that 2014 season.
Avila is respected for his defense. He can call a very good game. According to Rotoworld, “there’s been talk that the Tigers might try to trade Avila at some point this winter, with the Red Sox, Braves, and Cardinals as potential landing spots.”