|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||355.00||12.00||.237||55.00||48.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Baltimore||12||1||0|| .267|| .083|| .083|
|vs Gibson (Career)||7||3||0|| .571||.429||.429|
|vs RHP||284||61||10|| .340|| .380|| .215|
|Last 10 Games|
Tigers GM: Avila could see 1B time if Cabrera isn't ready for opener
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(1/24/15) Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that if Miguel Cabrera is unable to play when the season opens, the team will look to Alex Avila as a possible short-term replacement at first base, per MLB.com.
"If he's not ready by opening day, it's gonna be very, very close. We'll know more Feb. 15," Dombrowski said.
Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in a bone at the top of his foot on Oct. 22. He was cleared to remove his walking boot earlier in January and is expected to be reexamined on Feb. 15, right before Detroit's first full-squad workouts.
Tigers C Alex Avila cleared for all physical activities
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(1/24/15) After an injury-plagued season in which he suffered several concussions, Tigers catcher Alex Avila has been cleared by doctors for all physical activities, he told reporters on Thursday, per MLive.com.
"I'm feeling great," Avila said. "After the season, there were a few days of just kind of relaxing, recovering from the concussion. After that, I was cleared by the doctors on everything. I feel great and moving along as normal."
Avilla will enter spring training without any restrictions. Manager Brad Ausmus indicated in December that he could see a lighter workload behind the plate in 2015. Because of the injuries, Avilla is open to wearing a hockey-style catcher's mask this season.
"I tried it one time my very first spring training in a bullpen," Avila said. "I didn't give it much of a chance. I never really thought how much of a difference it would make as far as kind of withstanding those impacts from the ball. But you live and you learn."
Avilla struggled last season, hitting just .218/.327/.359 over 390 at-bats. He noted that he never considered hanging up his cleats after a rough 2014 campaign.
"Never," Avila said. "That's never even crossed my mind."
Stewart: Alex Avila, Dioner Navarro could be fits for Diamondbacks
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(12/10/14) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Wednesday that Tigers catcher Alex Avila or Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro could be fits with the team in potential trade scenarios, the Arizona Republic reports.
The Diamondbacks moved on from Miguel Montero this week, sending the catcher to the Cubs, and Avila or Navarro could end up behind the plate as Montero's successor. The Blue Jays are likely willing to part ways with Navarro after signing Russell Martin earlier this offseason.
Tigers' Avila could lose some playing time to James McCann in 2015
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(12/10/14) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has indicated catcher Alex Avila could see a lighter workload behind the plate in 2015, which means more work for rookie James McCann. Avila was behind the plate for 122 games in 2014.
"It's certainly open at this point," Ausmus said, per The Detroit News. "Clearly Alex has shown he has the ability to be an everyday catcher. He works well with the pitchers, they trust him. But I also think a guy like McCann has a very bright future. I like the way he catches."
Ausmus added Avila has no health limitations after enduring several concussions last season.
"A decision on who's No. 1 or No. 2 won't be made until spring training, or even if there is a No. 1 and a No. 2," Ausmus said. "Maybe there will be a split. I can't give you a full answer. All I can say is Alex is an established big-league catcher and I really like McCann. And (Bryan) Holaday did a really nice job as a backup last season. But a decision won't be made until March."
Report: C Alex Avila to remain starter for Tigers in 2015
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(11/29/14) The Tigers plan to maintain Alex Avila as their starting catcher next season despite his issues with concussions and declining production since his peak season of 2011, but they will likely allow Avila to walk in free agency after the year in favor of promising James McCann, per the Detroit News.
Avila finished 2014 with a meager stat line of .218/.327/.359. His 61 walks in 390 at-bats and continued strength behind the plate were two pluses.
|2014 summary: Even though Alex Avila still hits flyballs for great distances, he continues to fall well short of his 2011 career season in which he batted .295 with 19 home runs and 82 RBI. Last season, Avila grounded out frequently, and for the second year in a row, his contact and strikeout rates moved rapidly in the wrong direction. With a .218 batting average and 11 home runs, Avila failed to crack the top 20 catchers in Fantasy value.|
Playing time status: Avila sat for much of September, as he dealt with concussion symptoms, but he finished the season healthy and in the Tigers lineup. He should be ready for the start of spring training.
2015 outlook: Between his low batting averages and repeated head injuries, Avila is too risky to consider in one-catcher mixed leagues. He still offers enough power potential to be worth using as a second catcher in two-catcher leagues, but even as such, he's a low-end option.
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