Tigers exercise catcher Alex Avila’s option for 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have exercised Alex Avila’s $5.4 million option for 2015. The 27-year-old hit .218 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs last season, although concussion problems have become a concern over the last couple years. Detroit would have owed him a $200,000 buyout if it had declined the option. Avila has been unable to repeat his terrific season of 2011, when he hit .295 with 19 home runs, but he has a career on-base percentage of .345 and can hit with power.