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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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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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Diamondbacks Place Alex Avila On IL

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed catcher Alex Avila on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quad, according to the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro.

Avila, 32, has performed well over his four starts for Arizona this season, posting a slash line of .333/.524/.800 in his 21 plate appearances, including 2 homeruns.

In a corresponding move, the Dbacks have recalled utilityman Tim Locastro from Triple-A.

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Diamondbacks Agree to Terms with Greg Holland

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The Arizona Diamonds have agreed to terms on a one-year pact with veteran free agent reliever Greg Holland, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

Holland is set to earn a guaranteed $3.25 million along with $3.5 million in potential incentives, according to MLB.com’s Jon Heyman.

Holland, 33, had an up and down season for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals, following a terrific season for the Colorado Rockies, so it will be interesting to see which version of Holland the Diamondbacks will see in 2019.

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