Free-agent catcher Avila agrees to deal with White Sox
NOV 25, 12:58p ET | AP
Rotowire: Nov 25 / 8:27a ET
News: Avila signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the White Sox on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Impact: The 28-year-old struggled mightily last season for Detroit, hitting just .191 with four home runs, 13 RBI and 66 strikeouts in 67 games. Despite the poor season, the White Sox will take a low-risk chance on Avila, and he figures to team with Tyler Flowers to form Chicago's catching tandem in 2016.
StatsLLC: Nov 25 / 12:00a ET
News: Avila and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract.
Impact: Avila is a .242 hitter with 66 homers and 282 RBIs during seven big league seasons, all with the Detroit Tigers, and has thrown out 24.5 percent of attempted base stealers. The 29-year-old was limited to 67 games with Detroit last season because of injuries, including a left knee bone bruise.
Rotowire: Sep 26 / 9:03p ET
News: Avila has struggled this season and sits with a .190/.340/.286 slash line and just four home runs, 13 RBI and 21 runs scored in 168 at-bats.
Impact: James McCann has moved ahead of him on the depth chart and deservedly so. Avila has never been able to replicate his 2011 season, when he slugged .506 in 464 at-bats, and this season has been the worst in his MLB career. He may not even make it onto the fantasy radar for next season.