One of Al Avila’s first business decisions after becoming General Manager of the Detroit Tigers in August 2015 was what to do with his son, a catcher for the Tigers for the past seven seasons.
Alex had been surpassed by teammate James McCann as the Tigers’ regular catcher, so Al decided to let his son go into free agency. Alex wound up signing a one-year $2.5 million contract with the Chicago White Sox for the 2016 season. Now they’ll be competing against each other in the AL Central Division.
Alex is the grandson of Ralph Avila, a long-time scout and front office VP for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Read more about the Avilas at the link below from USA Today: