Since joining the Chicago Cubs, Alex Avila has been a stud. Should the Cubs bring the veteran back this off-season?
Before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Chicago Cubs made a trade with the Detroit Tigers for two veteran players. These two players, Justin Wilson and Alex Avila, were added to address some key holes that faced the Cubs. The acquisition of Wilson added a lefty arm out of the bullpen, while Avila brought veteran depth to the back-stop position.
Wilson, who will not be eligible for free agency until 2019, will more than likely remain a Cub until he hits the open market. Avila, on the other hand, signed a one-year deal last off-season and will become a free agent following the 2017 campaign.
Avila’s .268/.388/.467 slash line comes at a cheap price for the Cubs who are paying the remainder of a one-year, $2 million contract he signed last off-season. It is that solid offensive showing and cheap price that has many Cubs’ fans asking the question, should the Cubs re-sign Avila this off-season?
Here is an argument for both sides of that debate.