In a column for The Detroit News posted on Friday, Lynn Henning writes that the Tigers are planning to use Alex Avila as the everyday catcher in 2015, though they will attempt to find a role for rookie James McCann. 2015 is also likely to be Avila’s last with the Tigers. The Tigers picked up Avila’s $5.4 million option for the 2015 season last week.
Avila, 27, has taken an absolute beating behind the plate, suffering numerous concussions which have both limited his playing time and reduced his production offensively. After posting a 142 adjusted OPS (OPS+; 100 is average) in 2011, he has hovered around between average and slightly below-average in the three seasons since with marks of 99, 88, and 91. If all goes according to plan for the Tigers, McCann puts up a good showing in the upcoming season and allows the team to move on from Avila.