Bama in the Big Leagues: Alex Avila Agrees to New Contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks
With less than a month until their first spring training game, former Alabama catcher Alex Avila is heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks came to terms on a two-year, $8.25 million deal that brings the former Crimson Tide star to Arizona.
Last season, Avila began the season in Detroit before being traded to the Chicago Cubs at the July 31 trading deadline. Between the two teams, he posted a .264 batting average with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs.
The Hialeah, Florida native joins Jeff Mathis, Chris Herrmann and John Ryan Murphy as far as the catchers on the Arizona roster going into spring training.
Avila stared for the Crimson Tide from 2006-2008 and was a member of the Crimson Tide most recent SEC Championship squad in 2006.
The former Crimson Tide catcher was chosen in the fifth round of the 2008 MLB Draft and has played for the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs.
Avila made his MLB debut with the Tigers in 2009 and has posted a .243 batting average with 87 home runs and 342 RBIs in his nine seasons in the major leagues.
The Diamondbacks face the Colorado Rockies February 23 for their first spring training contest of the 2018 season.