July 24, 2021

A third tour from Alex Avila could relieve the Tigers catching woes (Bless You Boys)

The Detroit Tigers most glaring need this offseason is clearly at the catcher position. They completely blew it in 2019 by taking John Hicks and Grayson Greiner into the season as their only options, and absolutely cannot make that mistake again this offseason. The Tigers sound as though they realize this fact, but there are currently precious few options available that meet most of their requirements. Of that group, presumably a reunion with Alex Avila is the simplest solution.

The Tigers posted the second worst numbers at the catching position in baseball in 2019. Per FanGraphs, only the Rangers were worse in the major leagues. The Tigers posted a negative 3.3 mark with Hicks, Greiner, and prospect Jake Rogers handling the workload. Hicks has already been non-tendered. Greiner and particularly Rogers will try to find some traction in their second attempts to crack the major league roster, but neither can be depended on yet. As a result the position represents both a major opportunity for improvement and a necessity as hot stove season kicks into high gear.

Why Alex Avila again?

The Tigers should have a few key criteria in hunting for a free agent catcher. They don’t want…

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