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The Cubs should lock down Alex Avila for 2018
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Tue Nov 14 2017, 02:58am Print
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Editor’s note Ashley MacLennan is a writer and editor for Bless You Boys, SB Nation’s Detroit Tigers blog. She also happens to be a Cubs fan, which made the trade of Alex Avila to the Cubs a lot easier to stomach. She does, however, miss writing about him regularly, and as such will now be doing a regular update on his achievements Jason Heyward Jersey. Alas, Cubs fans, the 2017 season has come to an end, and with it the hopes of a repeat performance at the World Series. The Cubs fought valiantly, but at the end of the day it just wasn’t enough to defeat the juggernaut that is the ‘17 Los Angeles Dodgers. So, with the season concluded, it’s time to look ahead to what 2018 could look like. As of right now, the starting catcher position for the Cubs is locked down, with the 25-year-old Willson Contreras returning, and inexpensive as he’s not yet arbitration-eligible. Willson posted a .276 .356 .499 line for the season, with a solid 21 home runs to his credit, plus two more in the postseason. He had 3.9 bWAR this year, impressive for any catcher. He could lock down this position for several years.But they’ll need someone to back him up, and they just so happen to have a quality backup catcher on their bench already.Alex Avila was brought over as part of the Justin Wilson trade at the end of July, and was an appealing bonus to the trade because of the .274 .394 .475 line he had in Detroit, where his performance was so strong he all but elbowed catcher James McCann into a secondary role, often batting second in the Tigers’ lineup. His numbers with the Cubs weren’t as strong, with only .239 .369 .380, but he led the team in walk percentage, and in his only appearance this postseason, collected a hit (the first postseason hit on a Warstic bat Chicago Cubs Jersey, in case you were interested). And, every Cubs fan will always remember this walkoff single last August 20 against the Blue JaysAlex Avila with a walk off base hit! The Cubs score 3 runs in the 10th inning to win the game. What a game!
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