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Tigers catcher Alex Avila decides against knee surgery; return timetable uncertain

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After seeking multiple opinions on his injured left knee Tigers catcher Alex Avila has decided against surgery, choosing the rest-and-rehab route instead.

Going under the knife would have knocked Avila out for at least the remainder of the first half, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be able to return before then now and it’s possible he won’t be able to return at all without eventual surgery to remove the “loose bodies” in his knee.

Avila made the All-Star team as a 24-year-old in 2011, but since then he’s hit just .228 with a .703 OPS in 364 games and his OPS has dropped in four straight seasons. James McCann will serve as the Tigers’ primary catcher in Avila’s absence.

Angels sign closer Huston Street to $18 million extension

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Throughout spring training indications were that Huston Street and the Angels both had an interest in keeping him from next offseason’s free agent market with a contract extension and now the two sides have agreed to a two-year deal.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll get $18 million in guaranteed money and the deal also includes a team option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.

Street is currently finishing up a six-year, $43 million deal originally signed with the Rockies. He has a 2.25 ERA and 38/12 K/BB ratio in 40 innings for the Angels since they acquired him from the Padres last July and has a 2.83 career ERA in 605 total innings since debuting in 2005.

At age 31 he’ll surpass 300 career saves later this season and Street has posted a sub-4.00 ERA in each of his 11 years in the majors, including a 2.80 ERA in the American League.

Marlins “no longer considering” Rafael Soriano

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Yesterday several reports had the Marlins expressing interest in unsigned veteran closer Rafael Soriano, with the caveat that Soriano and agent Scott Boras were still holding out for a lot more money than Miami wanted to spend.

Apparently whatever interest was there is gone, because Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins “are no longer considering Soriano as a bullpen addition.”

It was seemingly a decent fit given that the Marlins just demoted Steve Cishek from the closer role and don’t have an obvious replacement, but Soriano continuing to ask for mid-offseason money in mid-May may have been a non-starter considering the 35-year-old’s second-half struggles last year.