Craig Calcaterra

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Cubs, Blue Jays interested in Tigers catcher Alex Avila

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Building on that stuff we were talking about yesterday regarding the sub-.500 Tigers possible selling off parts and rebuilding comes a report from Jon Morosi about Tigers catcher Alex Avila. Morosi says that Avila is A”on the radar” of teams looking for catching help, including the Cubs and Blue Jays.

Avila, who will be a free agent after this season, is hitting.315/.431/.586 with 11 home runs. That’s pretty fantastic, even if it is way above his recent level of production. The Cubs and Jays, of course, have solid starting catchers in Willson Contreras and Russell Martin, so if they go after Avila it’d be for a backup roll.

If the Tigers do decide to wave the white flag and trade anyone of value, Avila — the GM’s son — will likely be sought after by more than just those two teams.