The 28-year-old struggled mightily last season for Detroit, hitting just .191 with four home runs, 13 RBI and 66 strikeouts in 67 games. Despite the poor season, the White Sox will take a low-risk chance on Avila, and he figures to team with Tyler Flowers to form Chicago's catching tandem in 2016.
The Angels were never expected to make a big splash at catcher this offseason, in part because there were no big names available in free agency and they lacked the prospects to acquire one in a trade. Soto slashed .219/.301/.406 with nine home runs and a 30 percent K-rate in 210 plate appearances with the White Sox last season. He will split time with Carlos Perez, and should be seen as a fringe option in two-catcher formats and AL-only leagues.
The 26-year-old catcher has played in just three MLB games, but he will get a chance to make an impression on the big league coaching staff after receiving an invite to spring training. He hit .243 with two home runs at Triple-A last year.
Originally it was expected that Iannetta would be battling with Mike Zunino as the Mariners' primary catcher but general manager Mike Dipoto says Iannetta will be used as the team's primary catcher. Dipoto and Ianetta were together in Los Angeles which explains why he appears higher on him heading into 2016.
The signing of Iannetta will put him alongside Jesus Sucre as the Mariners' two primary catchers going into the 2016 season. The move also brought Seattle to outright Josh Hicks to make room for Iannetta on the 40-man roster.
Acquired by Arizona from the Mets in the Addison Reed trade, Koch had a 3.40 FIP and 3.30 FIP at Double-A last year for the Mets and Diamondbacks' affiliates, respectively. He is not a major prospect, but Arizona obviously likes him and views him as a starter long term. Look for him to spend most of 2016 at Triple-A.
The deal does guarantee a spring training invite, but it remains to be seen if the backup catcher will be able to earn a spot on the Blue Jays roster after spending all of last season with Boston's Triple-A affiliate, slashing .257/.284/.354 in 288 at-bats.
This is something of a surprise, given how few players accept qualifying offers, but Wieters is a unique case. After an injury plagued 2015, he has a chance to re-establish his value on a one year deal with Baltimore, before potentially cashing in next offseason. He has 20-plus homer potential in 2016, and his .258 career batting average is pretty good estimation of what he'll post next year. Wieters should also hit in an advantageous spot in the Orioles' lineup after the presumed departure of Chris Davis in free agency.
Sanchez has 20-plus homer upside and the arm to stick behind the plate, so if something were to happen to Brian McCann, he could be useful in most formats. The Yankees may opt to keep Sanchez at Triple-A so that he can get regular at-bats, but he should be seen as the No. 2 catcher on the organizational depth chart at this point.
As the incumbent Suzuki may be perceived to have a bit of an advantage, but Murphy had the edge in batting average, OBP, slugging percentage, wOBA, and wRC+ last season, so as long as the Twins view the defense as comparable, Suzuki could see a noticeable dip in playing time.