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.
MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.
Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.
Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.