Tigers pick up Alex Avila’s $5.4 million option

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Detroit announced that it has exercised Alex Avila’s option for 2015, bringing back the catcher for $5.4 million.

Avila has struggled following what looked like a breakout 2011 season, hitting just .229 with a .705 OPS in 342 games since then, and multiple concussions have put his future behind the plate in some question.

However, he’s still just 28 years and, underwhelming as his recent production has been compared to his big 2011 campaign, his .705 OPS from 2012-2014 is still above average for MLB catchers.