The Detroit Tigers have announced that they signed Alex Avila to a one-year deal. Avila, of course, played for the Tigers between 2009 and 2015, having been with the organization since he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. He spent last season with the Chicago White Sox.
Avila, who is the son of the Tigers’ general manager Al Avila, hit .213/.359/.372 in 52 games last season. While he was the Tigers’ starter for five seasons, he’ll be the backup to James McCann in Detroit.
KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.
The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.
A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”
Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.