Diamondbacks Sign Veteran Catcher Alex Avila

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year deal with veteran catcher Alex Avila.

On Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Avila’s new contract is worth $8.25 million. He reportedly passed his physical with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Avila, 31, spent time with the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs during the 2017 season. He was dealt to the Cubs right before the trade deadline. Between the two teams, Avila batted .264 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs in 112 games played.

In nine MLB seasons, Avila has a career batting average of .243. The best season of his career was in 2011, when he hit .295 with 19 home runs and 82 RBIs. That year, he was named to the American League All-Star team.

Avila will now compete with Jeff Mathis and Chris Herrmann for the Diamondbacks starting catcher position.


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