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D-Backs Sign Alex Avila, Solidify Catching Position

The Diamondbacks have added some offensive punch at catcher with the signing of Alex Avila. While Avila will be sharing time, he has some decent fantasy value if used correctly.

Avila’s production has been a roller coaster over the years with last season being one of the ups. He hit .264/.387/.447 with 14 homers, his best numbers since 2011. His power is legit with a 24% HR/FB% the past two seasons with the juiced ball. While his power should continue, I expect his batting average to regress closer to his career .243 mark. And he’s for sure not stealing any bases, something he hasn’t done since 2012.


The knock against Avila is that he’s one of the league’s worst framing catchers. For fantasy purposes, owners shouldn’t worry about his framing unless he’s catching one of their starting pitchers. They should also worry if it costs him at-bats.

As for Avila’s usage going forward, it’s tough for him to be useful in most leagues if he’s getting only 300 plate appearances. It’s just not enough at-bats compared to most full-time catchers. He’s probably only playable in two-catcher formats where 24 or more catchers are rostered. Additionally, he could be useful in daily lineup leagues when he’s in the lineup.

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Astros Acquire Gerrit Cole

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Mets Bring Back Jay Bruce on Three-Year Deal

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Royals, Dodgers, and White Sox Complete Three-Way Trade

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Arizona Adds Bullpen Depth with Yoshihisa Hirano

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Brewers Bolster Rotation with Jhoulys Chacin

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Giants Add Evan Longoria, Rays Create a Mess

Red Sox Bring Back Mitch Moreland

CC Sabathia Returns to Yankees

Dodgers-Braves Make Five-Player Trade

Angels in the Infield: Zack Cozart Signs with Los Angeles

Phillies Ink Carlos Santana to Three-Year Deal

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Chase Headley Gets Dumped on Padres

Cubs and Cardinals Add Potential Closers

Giancarlo Stanton Joins Yankees

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Angels Land Shohei Ohtani

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Dee Gordon Traded to Mariners

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Wellington Castillo Inks Deal with White Sox

Potential Closers Traded: Boxberger and Johnson

Doug Fister Signs with Rangers

Ryon Healy Traded to Mariners

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