Detroit Tigers: Al Avila Continues to Win Bryan Holaday Trade

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Aug 8, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers executive vice president and general manager Al Avila before the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 8, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers executive vice president and general manager Al Avila before the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 20, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Bryan Holaday (59) throws out Detroit Tigers third baseman Andrew Romine (not pictured) during the third inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers general manager continued making moves early in the offseason as the team purchased the contracts of Myles Jaye and Chad Bell, thereby adding the duo to the 40-man roster.

Detroit Tigers fans didn’t see many trades last season once Spring Training began.

Al Avila did most of his dealing in the offseason, bringing in Francisco Rodriguez, Justin Wilson and Cameron Maybin in shrewd transactions that nearly vaulted Detroit into the postseason.

While those additions had an impact on the team, Avila generally stuck with his roster during the regular season.

Detroit opted to bring in reinforcements from the minors than from outside the organization. The likes of Michael Fulmer, Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd, Bruce Rondon, Steven Moya and JaCoby Jones all began the year outside the active roster, but made an impact when called upon.

The general manager did swing a trade in mid-August, bringing in Erick Aybar to improve the bench.

That deal paid off for Avila, as Aybar turned in a .341 on-base percentage and an 88 wRC+ while serving as an upgrade to Mike Aviles (.258 on-base percentage, 41 wRC+).

However, that wasn’t the only trade Avila completed.

With Jarrod Saltalamacchia establishing himself as James McCann’s backup, fellow catcher Bryan Holaday was dealt to Texas for Bobby Wilson and Myles Jaye.

Here’s why Avila keeps on winning the trade.

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