Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Veteran catcher Alex Avila agrees to one-year deal with Twins

Garver is a right-handed batter. Of course, the end of his season came due to a rules violation he was found guilty of breaking MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He missed the 1945 season because of military service. He also pitched in two games.

He's been with the Diamondbacks the past two years, following up a disappointing 2018 with a solid performance last season. Mix in the Astudillo being the likely beneficiary of the 26th roster spot, signing Avila gives the Twins plenty of options behind the plate.

Meanwhile, Minnesota also secured a major part of their offense in another acquisition.

Free-agent catcher Alex Avila will join the Minnesota Twins for the 2020 season. ESPN reported on Friday that the former Alabama standout and the Twins had agreed on a one-year, $4.25 million contract.

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Avila, the 32-year-old son of Tigers general manager Al Avila, played for the Tigers from 2009-2015 and again in 2017.

As a catcher, Avila threw out 11 of the 21 runners that tried to steal on him in 2019. Garver hit 31 home runs in 93 games.

Meanwhile, the short-term nature of Avila's new contract means he shouldn't get in the way of up-can-coming prospect Ryan Jeffers who is ranked as one of the Twins' top young players.

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