Alex Avila is Let Go by his Father Again

Alex Avila may be getting the impression his father doesn’t like him.  Alex was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Chicago Cubs on July 31.  What makes this transaction unique is Alex’s father, Al, is the General Manager of the Tigers and responsible for making the deal.

But this isn’t the first time Alex has been dumped by his father.  After the 2015 season, Alex, then playing catcher for the Tigers, was granted free agency by his father, as the Tigers went in different direction at the catcher position.

Alex’s grandfather, Rafael Avila, was also involved in professional baseball as a scout and executive in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

For more information about Alex Avila’s recent trade, follow the links below:

https://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2017/8/1/16079976/alex-avila-dad-trade-tigers-cubs-mom-upset

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/tigers-gm-al-avila-trades-alex-avila-son-cubs-article-1.3374084

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-cubs-alex-avila-20170801-story.html

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Alex Avila: He’s Back!

Alex Avila was recently signed by the Detroit Tigers, following his being granted free agency by the Chicago White Sox in November.  What makes this a unique situation is that the general manager of the Tigers is Alex’s father, Al Avila.

Interestingly, Alex had previously played for the Tigers during 2009 – 2015, including a few years as their starting catcher.  He was selected to play in the All-Star Game in 2011, when he had his best season with 19 HR, 92 RBI, and a .295 batting average.

However, when is offense declined after that, Alex became expendable and lost his starter’s job, and his father wound up going in a different direction for a backup catcher and did not re-sign Alex for the 2016 season.

So I guess one could say his father has now had a change of heart!  Oh, by the way, Alex’s brother, Alan, also works in the front office for the Tigers.  Alex’s grandfather was a long-time scout and executive in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Read more about the Avila acquisition by the Tigers at the link below from St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/detroit-brings-back-avila/article_1cbb6147-105b-521c-bcb8-3afe9531516e.html

Al and Alex Avila on Opposite Sides of the Diamond

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:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2016/02/24/al-and-alex-avila-business-side-baseball-separates-them-again/80849504/

 

Alex Aliva Finds Himself in a Tough Spot

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila finds himself is in a rather unique situation.  His father, Al Avila, became the general manager of the Tigers earlier this year.  And while they both represent the Tigers organization, it could be a tough situation at the end of this season when Alex’s contract is up for renewal, and his father must decide whether to retain his son on the Tigers’ roster.   It could make for a rather awkward situation.

Alex was surprised by the appointment of his father as the GM, as his father had not given him advanced information about the promotion.

Al Avila is the first-Cuban born general manager in baseball.  His father, Rafael, was a long-time scouting executive for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Read more about the Avila family at several links below:

http://www.themorningsun.com/sports/20150804/new-tigers-gm-al-avila-on-awkward-situation-with-son-alex-it-is-a-unique-situation-and-sometimes-it-runs-its-course

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mlb/miami-marlins/article30002193.html

http://www.elkharttruth.com/sports/major-league-baseball/detroit-tigers/2015/08/05/Tigers-Alex-Avila-had-no-idea-dad-was-getting-promoted.print

http://www.freep.com/story/sports/columnists/jeff-seidel/2015/08/08/al-avila-general-manager-seidel/31346539/