It didn't look like Alex Avila would return to the Detroit Tigers, and Wednesday, that move was made official.
The catcher found his new home on the south side of Chicago, inking a one year deal with the Chicago White Sox. Avila will make a reported $2.5 million dollars.
Over seven seasons with the Tigers, Avila hit .242 with 66 home runs. He broke into the league in 2009, and looked like he would become the left-handed bat Detroit's lineup so badly needed. Instead, he was always inconsistent with the bat but always worked well with the team's pitching staff during the entire season while being a good defensive catcher.
Last season, Avila lost his starting job to James McCann, who is clearly Detroit's catcher of the future. McCann was anointed so by Al Avila, the team's general manager. Injuries have become a significant part of the narrative as well, with Avila struggling to stay on the field at key times.
Avila will depart for Chicago, where he will provide the White Sox some pop behind everyday catcher Tyler Flowers and try to work with a young and talented pitching staff.Read more... Join the Conversation...