Reports: Ex-Tiger Alex Avila signs with D-backs
There will be no reunion between the Tigers and catcher Alex Avila this year.
Avila has agreed to a two-year, $8.25-million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal is reportedly pending a physical.
Avila, who turned 31 on Monday, is coming off a resurgent season in which he batted .264/.387/.447 over 112 games, most with the Tigers, before they traded him to the Cubs in July.
After a one-year stint with the White Sox in 2016, Avila returned to the Tigers — whose GM is his father, Al Avila — on a one-year, $2-million deal for 2017.
A fifth-round draft pick in 2008 out of the University of Alabama, Avila has batted .243/.351/.401 with 87 homers and 342 RBIs in 852 games. His best season was 2011, when he had 19 homers and 82 RBIs and started for the American League in the All-Star Game. He was 12th in MVP voting that season, and won a Silver Slugger.