Tigers pick up club option on Avila

As expected, the Tigers exercised a $5.4 million club option on catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. The move was more of a technicality than anything else, considering Avila — who would have been arbitration-eligible had the Tigers declined the option — would have ended up with a similar salary for next season either way.

Monday’s decision, however, still far from guarantees that Avila will actually be in a Tigers uniform next spring. Multiple rumors have been floated that the Tigers could try to trade Avila this offseason, with the Red Sox, Braves and Cardinals all being mentioned as potential landing spots.

Avila hit just .218/.327/.359 this past season, though he had arguably his best season behind the plate, throwing out an American League-best 36 potential base stealers.

— Paul Casella

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