Alex Avila
Alex Avila

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Detroit Tigers

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Alex Avila re-signs with Tigers

Thu, Dec 29th 1:38am EST
By Mitch Cox

Veteran catcher and free agent Alex Avila has re-signed with the Detroit Tigers. According to sources, it's a one-year deal worth $2 million. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Avila was drafted by the Tigers in 2008 and played his first seven major league seasons in Detroit before signing as a free-agent with the White Sox last season. Avila will serve as the primary backup to starter James McCann after hitting just .213 with seven home runs and 11 RBI in 57 games for the Chicago last year.

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Alex Avila was behind the plate and hit seventh on Thursday. He reached base twice, but the White Sox lost 3-5 to the Rays. Avila finished 0-for-2 with two walks, a run and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Avila has little to no fantasy value. He cannot be counted on in yearly even when he starts. He's hitting .176 over his last seven games and his starts can be sporadic. His value in DFS comes only if you need a minimum salary type player.

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Alex Avila to 15-day DL

Thu, Jul 7th 5:41am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Alex Avila was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. The White Sox are hopeful that he'll be able to return from his hamstring injury after the minimum of 15 days, which would have him back by July 21. (Source: Dan Hayes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While he hasn't provided much in the way of pop, Avila has had a nice season for the White Sox at the plate. His average is a bit low, but he's been able to get on base at a solid clip of .362. Still, he's been more valuable for the White Sox than he has for fantasy purposes.

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The White Sox were shutout and lost 0-4 to the Twins. Alex Avila didn't help things with his three strikeouts. He finished 0-for-4 on the day.

Fantasy Impact: In a year when the catcher position has been so thin, Avila is still not own able in most formats. He has had a decent June hitting .288, but is still only at .237 for the season. If you are streaming catchers, Avila is best used against lefties.

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Avila went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout as the White Sox lost to the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: With a batting average of .182 and two total RBI, Alex Avila is not fantasy-relevant.

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Avila went 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI sac fly as the White Sox snapped their four-game losing streak.

Fantasy Impact: Despite Avila's decent performance, he does not belong on any roster.

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Alex Avila singles as White Sox lose

Wed, May 18th 12:26am EDT
By Joe Barca

Alex Avila went 1-for-2 with a single as the White Sox lost to the Astros on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Avila didn't start the game, but was brought it after Dioner Navarro was pinch-run for. Avila is not fantasy-relevant. Not only is he hitting just .233, but he splits time with Navarro, who has been a better hitter this season.

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Avila went 1-for-4 with two walks as the White Sox topped the Rangers in 12 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Avila's first game back from the disabled list was relatively successful. We'll see how Robin Ventura uses his catchers going forward.

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura has said that Alex Avila is close to beginning his rehab assignment. (Source: Bruce Levine on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Avila is one of the better catchers in a weak fantasy baseball class. Alex has great DFS value and some stream relevance when he does play.

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The White Sox have placed catcher Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Fantasy Impact: Dioner Navarro will take over as the team's regular backstop in Avila's absence. Avila suffered the injury over the weekend. He'll likely be shut down to allow for full recovery, meaning he could take additional time beyond the required two weeks to ramp back up to playing shape.

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Alex Avila went 1-for-2 with a single, a walk and a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Avila is hitting a scanty .185, but is still outperforming fellow catcher, Dioner Navarro. He is currently not fantasy-relevant.

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Alex Avila held hitless versus Twins

Thu, Apr 14th 10:26am EDT
By Joe Barca

Avila went 0-for-4 as the White Sox beat the Twins on Tuesday. With one out in the top of the fifth inning, Avila struck out with runners on second and third.

Fantasy Impact: Avila currently possesses a batting average of .176. Until further notice, he is not fantasy-relevant.

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Avila went 1-for-3 with a walk as the White Sox suffered their first loss in 2016.

Fantasy Impact: Avila has reached base three times in his first two games with the Sox. Even so, it is still unclear how Robin Ventura will use his catchers this season. The Sox will finish up in Oakland tomorrow against Kendall Graveman. Neither Avila nor Dioner Navarro have ever faced the right-hander. In 2015, Graveman went 6-9 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts.

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Avila went 1-for-4 with a single in his first game with his new team.

Fantasy Impact: Alex Avila will continue to split time with Dioner Navarro until one of the two breakout. He is currently not fantasy-relevant.

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Avila went 0-for-3 on Tuesday with two strikeouts as the Sox beat the Brewers, 10-6.

Fantasy Impact: Avila's fantasy value remains a mystery as he will likely split time with Dioner Navarro throughout the season.

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New White Sox catcher Alex Avila could fill the need for Chicago as the starter with Tyler Flowers disappointing for the North siders. Avila was limited to only 67 games in 2015, but the left-handed hitter could provide a stable offensive option for the White Sox. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old veteran could be a cheap option at catcher for the White Sox if he can build on his .339 OBP from 2015. He is far from his .895 OPS in his All-Star 2011 season, and has not posted a .700 OPS since 2012, but his improved plate discipline from 2015 could signal a rebound in 2016. Fantasy owners should not trust Avila based on his track run, but he is a cheap option at catcher and could be worth a late-round flier.

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Alex Avila hit a home run on Monday in game two of a double-header versus the Chicago White Sox. He also contributed two walks, before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Avila has seen his playing time behind the plate diminish with the rise of James McCann, but he contributed today when given the chance. Avila is still only hitting .194 on the season with four home runs and 12 RBI, and the 2011 Silver Slugger will definitely look to put this season behind him. It will be interesting to see if Avila will be kept around or what his role may be, especially now that James McCann has emerged as another viable starting catching option for the Tigers.

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Alex Avila seems to have lost his grip on the starting catcher job for Detroit, as he has started just eight games there since July 10. He has been thoroughly outplayed by James McCann and is hitting just .173 this season. (Source: The Detroit News)

Fantasy Impact: The Tigers are playing for the future at this point, and McCann is probably the better player right now anyway. If you were for some reason still holding onto Avila, he can and should be dropped in all formats, except perhaps the deepest of dynasty leagues.

Alex Avila extended his hitless streak to 15 at-bats, but still found a way to get on base. He walked twice and scored on an Anthony Gose single.

Fantasy Impact: Avila has 12 walks in 53 plate appearances. Other than the decent walk rate he has not contributed to a powerful offense. He should be far from consideration for seasonal or daily lineups.

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The Detroit Tigers have picked up the $5.4 million dollar option on catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. (Source: CBSSports)

Fantasy Impact: It looks like the Tigers will be leaning on Avila for one more season. Despite rumors that the Tigers were looking to deal the catcher, they have opted to pick up his contract, which will likely be his last with the organization. With Bryan Holaday backing Avila up and heralded prospect James McCann waiting in the wings, Detroit will likely have a new starting catcher come 2016. Avila holds no fantasy value except for in the deepest of leagues.