White Sox Sign Catcher Alex Avila

It’s been a busy morning on the MLB Hot Stove. Jed Lowrie was sent back to the Oakland A’s, L.J. Hoes returned to the Baltimore Orioles, and Allen Webster was sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Trades haven’t been a rarity so far this offseason, but signings sure have, and this morning we actually got a fairly notable one.

The Chicago White Sox’ official Twitter account announced that they had signed catcher Alex Avila to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The 28-year-old catcher had gotten progressively worse every season leading up to last year, when he had the job taken from him by James McCann. Despite the fact that his father Al Avila is the Tigers general manager, there just wasn’t a spot for him considering Detroit is quite content with Bryan Holaday as their backup.

For the White Sox, Avila will provide some stability at the catcher position, after it was manned by Geovany Soto and Rob Brantly last year. Tyler Flowers will likely still hold the starting job, but it’s reasonable to think that Avila will still get plenty of starts, whether that’s behind the dish or filling in at first base whenever Jose Abreu needs a rare day off.

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