Avila has agreed to a one-year, $4.25 million contract with Minnesota, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Avila should replace Jason Castro as the left-handed part of a platoon at catcher along with Mitch Garver. It's possible Garver gets more playing time this season after his 31-home run breakout season, but the Twins were careful to rest their catchers. Avila adds strong pitch framing skills to Minnesota's catcher corps. Avila's signing signals that Willians Astudillo will not win the outright backup job, but he could still be part of the mix.
Avila went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in Thursday's 11-1 loss to the Mets.
Avila picked up a spot start in place of primary catcher Carson Kelly. He's been in a slide the past month, having entered Thursday's contest batting just .122 (5-for-41) over his last 16 games.
Avila went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Rockies.
Avila drew just his second start in the team's past eight games, but he took advantage by homering off of Jesus Tinoco in the eighth inning. It was his ninth home run of the season, and his third in just 21 at-bats for the month of August. Avila is now slashing .229/.381/.500 across 147 plate appearances for the season.
Avila went 2-for-3 with a home run, walk and three RBI in Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Phillies.
With six total bases in both of his past two starts, Avila now sports a .916 OPS on the campaign, trumping his mark from his 2011 All-Star campaign with the Tigers (.895). Avila's improved production has been a welcome sight for Arizona after he turned in a lowly 66 wRC+ in his first season in the desert in 2018, but it's unlikely to result in any substantial increase in playing time over the final few weeks of the season. The 25-year-old Carson Kelly has fared similarly well both on offense and defense and is seen as the organization's present and future behind the plate, while Avila is headed for free agency this winter.
Avila went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI and an additional run Saturday in the Diamondbacks' 18-7 win over the Nationals.
Since returning from the injured list in late June, Avila has delivered a palatable .799 OPS, which has largely been supported by his strong 14.3 percent walk rate. Avila remains the clear No. 2 backstop, however, behind Carson Kelly, who draws the start behind the plate in Sunday's series finale.
Avila went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's loss to Milwaukee.
Avila crushed a 448-foot home run to center field in the second inning for his 100th career long ball. Despite the notable milestone, the 32-year-old figures to continue splitting time behind the plate with Carson Kelly going forward. Avila is slashing .218/.376/.483 with six homers and 15 RBI in 87 at-bats this season.
Avila went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk in Friday's 8-0 win over the Rockies.
Avila singled in the third inning, then smacked a two-run double in the fifth to help extend Arizona's lead. Although Carson Kelly is the Diamondbacks' primary catcher, Avila has become the go-to option behind the dish when Zack Greinke takes the mound. In his limited plate appearances, Avila is hitting .246/.422/.522 with five home runs, four doubles and 13 RBI over 69 at bats.
Avila went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Giants.
Avila made his first start since being activated off the injured list Friday. Per usual, he was the batterymate for staff ace Zack Greinke, who had a 6.23 ERA over his previous two starts while Avila was on the shelf. Avila is slashing .238/.415/.524 over 82 plate appearances.
Avila (calf) was activated from the injured list Friday.
Avila has been sidelined since mid-May with a calf strain, but he was able to run the bases Thursday without issue, which cleared the road for him to return to action a day later. Avila will take the roster spot of Caleb Joseph, and work in rotation behind the plate in some fashion with Carson Kelly.
Avila (calf) ran the bases prior to Thursday's game, Nick PIecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Avila, who is traveling with the team on its current road trip, ran for the first time since suffering a left calf strain. "I don't feel anything," Avila said. "I've been doing everything normally, all baseball activities for the past week or so. Everything is good." Manager Torey Lovullo was so pleased that he said it was possible Avila could be activated in time to catch for Zack Greinke on Saturday against the Giants.
Avila will be shut down for at least two weeks after an MRI revealed the catcher has a Grade 1 strain in his left calf, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
The Diamondbacks will reassess the 32-year-old in two weeks. While Avila is unavailable, Carson Kelly is expected to get the bulk of the playing time with newly recalled Caleb Joseph getting spot duty.
Avila (left calf) flew back to Phoenix on Friday to undergo an MRI, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
Avila's MRI was scheduled for Saturday, and the results are pending. He sustained a calf strain during Thursday's game against the Nationals and was placed on the injured list Friday.
Avila was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a left calf strain.
Avila suffered the injury during Thursday's game, though he remained in the contest. It's not clear how much time he's expected to miss. Caleb Joseph will take his spot on the roster and serve as the Diamondbacks' second catcher.
Avila suffered a left calf strain during Thursday's game against the Nationals, Jody Jackson of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
Avila reportedly suffered the injury in his second at-bat, though he managed to remain in the game. He's scheduled for an MRI on Friday morning and is expected to miss some time, per Jackson. It's unclear whether he'll require a trip to the injured list.
Avila went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Thursday against the Nationals.
Avila took Erick Fedde deep in the second inning to record his fifth home run of the season. While Carson Kelly is the primary catcher, Avila is emerging as the personal catcher for Zack Greinke. He has now also homered in his last three starts, improving his season-long line to .220/.410/.508 across 78 plate appearances.
Avila went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Blue Jays.
Avila launched his first home run since coming off the injured list May 11, a stretch of 16 games without going yard. Carson Kelly has emerged as the primary catcher for the Diamondbacks, but Avila is settling in as Zack Greinke's catcher; he's caught all three starts by the Arizona ace since the team designated John Ryan Murphy for assignment.
Avila went 0-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Rockies.
It's Avila's first successful stolen base since 2012, as he had been caught stealing on his previous five attempts over the last seven years. We don't expect the 32-year-old to be tearing up the basepaths with much frequency going forward.
Avila went 1-for-4 in Monday's 4-3 extra-innings loss to the Rockies.
Avila got the start with staff ace Zack Greinke hurling. This was Greinke's first start since the Diamondbacks designated John Ryan Murphy, who had been Greinke's personal catcher for the first 11 starts. Manager Torey Lovullo told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he's not yet decided if Greinke will throw exclusively to Avila.
Avila isn't starting Monday's game against the Padres.
Avila will head to the bench for the third straight contest, though there's been no word on any type of injury. Carson Kelly draws the start behind the dish and will bat eighth in Avila's stead.
Avila is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Avila finds himself on the bench for the second straight game as the Diamondbacks continue with the three-man rotation at catcher. The 32-year-old is 1-for-9 with three starts since coming off the injured list May 11, though he also has five walks. John Ryan Murphy will start behind the plate and bat eighth in Sunday's series finale.
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