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Alex Avila

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Tigers | Alex Avila using new mask, crouch

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:02:34 -0800

Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila is using a new hockey-styled catching mask this spring in order to reduce his susceptibility to concussions. Also, the team is having him sit lower behind the plate to reduce the likelihood of foul tips hitting him directly in the head. Avila said he's officially had three diagnosed concussions in six seasons. He said he'll only use the new crouch in non-two strike counts with nobody on base this year.

Fantasy Tip: Along with a receding batting average the last several years, health has been another big issue for Avila down the stretch. Don't hold your breath for double-digit homers again, and he won't drive in many runs, either. That makes Avila, at best, a second catcher in two-catcher formats.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Detroit Free Press - Anthony Fenech

Tigers | Alex Avila could play some 1B

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:50:14 -0800

Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila could see some time at first base this spring to provide the club with other options if 1B Miguel Cabrera (ankle, foot) and DH Victor Martinez (knee) aren't ready for the start of the season, according to manager Brad Ausmus.

Fantasy Tip: Avila, who has been beat up behind the plate down the stretch in recent seasons, would benefit from some time at first base, but it's unclear how much he'd actually play there. His average dip the past two seasons is a big concern for fantasy owners, which makes him no more than a second catcher in two-catcher formats.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jayson Stark

Tigers | Two hitter for Tigers undecided

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:26:51 -0800

Detroit Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler is considered the most obvious option to hit second for the Tigers, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck, but Beck expects Kinsler to hit leadoff. Beck describes Tigers SS Jose Iglesias as the candidate with the best skill set to bat second. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus also mentioned Tigers C Alex Avila for consideration to hit second.

Fantasy Tip: Kinsler is one of the top second baseman in fantasy regardless of whether he hits leadoff or second for the Tigers. Iglesias would become an AL-only league consideration for fantasy teams if he were to win the job batting second, and Avila would move firmly into C2 territory in two-catcher formats if he hits second.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Jason Beck

Tigers | Alex Avila pegged for two hole?

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:33:34 -0800

Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila could see a fair amount of time batting second in the lineup, according to manager Brad Ausmus. Ausmus noted few Tigers get on base as much as Avila against right-handed pitchers.

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Tigers | Victor Martinez, Alex Avila could see time at first base

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:23:27 -0800

Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez and C Alex Avila could see playing time at first base if 1B Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is unable to play at the beginning of the regular season, according to general manager Dave Dombrowski.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Jason Beck

Tigers | Alex Avila cleared for all activities

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:23:26 -0800

Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (concussion) said he has been cleared for all physical activities and will not have any restrictions during spring training. Avila said he did not consider retirement even though he suffered what is believed to be at least three concussions last season.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: MLive.com - James Schmehl

Diamondbacks | Arizona might trade for catcher

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:55:27 -0800

Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila and Toronto Blue Jays C Dioner Navarro are catchers who might be available via trade, and players Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart feels could be fits for the team.

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Tigers | Alex Avila likely to remain starting catcher

Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:25:41 -0800

Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila is expected to remain the team's starter behind the plate in 2015. However, the club will likely let him walk as a free agent after the season due to the emergence of C James McCann.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Detroit News - Lynn Henning

Tigers | Alex Avila's option exercised

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:28:33 -0800

The Detroit Tigers exercised C Alex Avila's $5.4 million option for the 2015 season Monday, Nov. 17.

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Tigers | Yet to decide on Alex Avila

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:15:45 -0800

Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila will know by Thursday, Nov. 20, whether his $5.4 million option for 2015 will be picked up. Avila gets a $200,000 buyout if it is not. There is a chance Avila will remain with the club even if he is not picked up, because Avila is eligible for salary arbitration.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Jon Paul Morosi