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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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Will Jaye and Bell Pitch for the Detroit Tigers in 2017?

Potentially, the duo’s chances of pitching for the Tigers next year just received a significant boost as the team added both Jaye and Bell to the 40-man roster Friday.

Detroit announced the move in a tweet on the club’s official Twitter account. The Tigers tweeted, “The #Tigers today announced that the club has purchased the contracts of RHP Myles Jaye and LHP Chad Bell from Triple-A Toledo.”

Avila did extremely well to net a pair of potential big league pieces in exchange for Holaday.

When considering how Holaday and Wilson fared in Texas, the trade is even more of a win for Avila and the Tigers.

Holaday and Wilson

Holaday batted .238 with just a .290 on-base percentage in 30 games for the Rangers.

The backstop collected 14 runs scored, 13 doubles, six doubles, five walks, two home runs and a triple in 94 total plate appearances.

Meanwhile, Wilson batted .250 with a similarly-low .277 on-base percentage. In 42 games, the veteran collected 22 RBI, 11 runs scored, four doubles and three home runs.

After Texas acquired Jonathan Lucroy, both catchers were designated for assignment. Holaday was claimed off waivers by Boston, while Wilson joined the Rays on waivers.

Holaday would go on to appear in 14 games for the Red Sox, posting a .500 OPS and one RBI in 35 plate appearances.

Over in Tampa Bay, Holaday’s former teammate appeared in 28 games while hitting four home runs and driving in nine runs.

His batting average and OPS over that span were .230 and .663.

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All told, Al Avila acquired two potential long-term pitching pieces for a couple of veteran catchers who turned in WAR numbers of 0.4 and 0.0, respectively, last season.

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