Alex Avila's past few seasons have been like a broken record, as he consistently puts up meager numbers while battling a multitude of injuries. Last year was no different, as he was limited to 57 games on the season due to hamstring issues. The 29-year-old's time on the field wasn't great, either, as he batted just .213 while striking out a whopping 37.3 percent of the time. He continued to display excellent patience as his 18.2 percent walk rate suggests, but his contact rate sunk like a rock to a dreary 54 percent. Avila returned to the Tigers this offseason, inking a one-year deal. He has a bit of a niche as a left-handed-batting catcher, but given his injury history and declining production, Avila isn't worth consideration for a fantasy roster spot anymore.
Avila signed one-year, $2 million deal with the Tigers on Friday. He is coming off an odd campaign with the White Sox, where he hit .213 and struck out 37.3 percent of the time, but was still an above average hitter overall (104 wRC+) due to his 18.2 percent walk rate and subsequent .359 OBP. In leagues that count batting average, however, Avila has been a huge drain in recent years, and he does not hit for enough power to make up for that. He should serve as James McCann's backup in 2017.
Avila is out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. Avila will sit for the second time this weekend with lefty Andrew Albers on the mound for the Twins. Kevan Smith gets a turn behind the plate, catching for White Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo.
Avila is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins, according to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune. Avila started the last two games behind the plate, but he will be held out Friday in favor of Omar Narvaez. Those two players, along with Kevan Smith, will share the catching duties for the White Sox the rest of the way.
Avila is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. Omar Narvaez will start behind the dish Tuesday night while Avila sits out. Since coming off the DL on Aug. 26, Avila has started two games and gone 2-for-6 with a home run and three RBI across said outings.
Avila is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Paul Skrbina of the Chicago Tribune reports. Avila came off the DL on Saturday following a lengthy bout with a hamstring injury and was behind the plate for the White Sox for the first time since July 5, going 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in the contest. With Dioner Navarro recently getting traded to the Blue Jays, Avila will settle in as the unquestioned top catcher on the depth chart, so he'll just receiving a rest Sunday. Omar Narvaez gets the nod in the matinee, catching White Sox starter Carlos Rodon.