Before this season, Avila was having a rough go of it, to say the least. In fact, 2012 was the last year he batted over .230.
Avila has admitted to battling concussion problems in the past as well. There was even some talk about whether or not he would retire after an awful two-year stretch with both the Tigers and the White Sox.
In 2015 and 2016, Avila played a combined 124 games and batted .191 in 2015 and .213 in 2016. He then was signed by his dad. Fittingly, his dad, Al Avila, is the GM of the Detroit Tigers.
Al Avila signed Alex to a one year two million dollar deal this past offseason. Then seemingly all of a sudden, Alex Avila made like Angela Bassett and got his groove back (new idea for a sequel – Alex Avila gets cast as Stella).
The point is, with Avila putting up these numbers on only a two million dollar paycheck seems to be the perfect fit.
I could foresee the Cubs giving up a guy like Tommy La Stella and maybe package Caratini to make this deal work.
Avila could be a rental, or you could maybe convince him to stay now that the Cubs have caught fire (knock on wood) in the second half.