Detroit Tigers: Finding Avila’s Batting Average as GM

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila watches spring training at TigerTown in Lakeland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.02162020 Tigers Springtrain 7
Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila watches spring training at TigerTown in Lakeland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.02162020 Tigers Springtrain 7 /
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Al Aliva’s Batting Average In Trades

For trades, the known variable is that Avila has traded players who were pieces of the playoff run in the early part of the decade. So taking away the anger from Tigers fans, we look at if he was able to get a few Texas Leaguers to drop.

2015 Trades:

Cameron Maybin to Detroit for Ian Krol and Gabe Speier – Hit

Francisco Rodríguez to Detroit for Javier Betancourt and Manny Piña – Hit

Justin Wilson to Detroit for Chad Green and Luis Cessa – Hit

2016 trades:

Kody Eaves to Detroit for Jefry Marte – Draw

Myles Jane and Bobby Wilson to Detroit for Bryan Holaday – Draw

Chad Bell to Detroit for Bobby Wilson – Draw

Erick Aybar to Detroit for Mike Aviles and Kade Scivicque – Draw

Maybin to Angels for Victor Alcantara – Hit

2017 trades:

Mikie Mahtook to Detroit for Drew Smith – Hit

J.D Martinez to Arizona for Dawel Lugo, Jose King, and Sergio Alcántara – Miss

Alex Avila and Justin Wilson to the Cubs for Isaac Paredes and Jeimer Candelario – Hit

Justin Verlander to Houston for Daz Cameron, Franklin Perez, and Jake Rogers – Miss

Justin Upton to the Angels for Grayson Long and Elvin Rodriguez – Miss

Ian Kinsler to the Angels for Troy Montgomery and Wilkel Hernandez – Miss

2018 trades:

Leonys Martin and Kyle Dowdy to Cleveland for Willi Castro – Hit

Mike Fiers to Oakland for Nolan Blackwood and Logan Shore – Draw

2019 trades:

Nick Castellanos to the Cubs for Alex Lange and Paul Richan – Draw

Shane Greene to Atlanta for Joey Wentz and Travis Demeritte – Draw

Pirates trade Dario Agrazal to Detroit for cash – Draw

2020 trades:

Maybin to the Cubs for Zack Short – Draw

Going back to 2015, both Maybin and Wilson each provided productive 2016 seasons, and Wilson would be used to get another hit for Avila. Maybin again gave Detroit Victor Alcantara, who was good for one decent season in the bullpen in 2017. K-Rod did give Detroit some stability in their bullpen in 2016, while Piña has been a steady backup for the Brewers.

As far as 2017 goes, the trade to the Cubs for Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes has been a big hit for Avila. Verlander because he has won a Cy Young and helped the Astros win a World Series, for now, it is a Miss. Unless the three players Detroit acquired help win a World Series for the Tigers, you can’t see that as a wash either since the trade paid off well for Houston quickly.

With the Martin for Castro deal, they got a big year from Castro, who could be their starting shortstop of the future. The rest we are waiting to see what happens.

Hits: 7 Misses: 4  Draws: 8

The misses are huge, and half of these hits are flares over the second baseman rather than liners to the gap. Avila may have a .368 batting average here, but he’s had some luck with it.

Next up, free agents.