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Report: Diamondbacks nearing two-year deal with Alex Avila

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Update (Jan. 31, 4:02 PM ET): It’s a two-year, $8.25 million deal, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are nearing an agreement with catcher Alex Avila.

Avila, 31, had a productive 2017 season between the Tigers and Cubs. He hit a combined .264/.387/.447 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 376 plate appearances.

The D-Backs lost Chris Iannetta to free agency, so Avila fills that void. He’ll get the lion’s share of playing time behind the plate with Jeff Mathis backing him up.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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