While the Tigers have high hopes for McCann, they also like what they have seen over a span of time with Avila and Holaday.
Avila is now wearing a hockey-style mask while catching, but no matter what’s on his head, the more palatable solution is to avoid getting hit in the first place.
Selected as a Gold Glove finalist, Avila turned in a .218 batting average – the lowest of his career – and an on-base percentage of .359.
If the Tigers would move Avila that would make room for minor league catcher James McCann, who appeared in 12 games for the Tigers in September.
The Tigers did not announce a decision on catcher Alex Avila’s future, who has had a history of concussion issues stemming from the beatings he takes from foul balls while behind the plate.
Tigers catcher Alex Avila has left Game 3 of the AL Division Series against Baltimore after taking a foul tip off the mask.
Rookie catcher James McCann will start in Avila’s place as Detroit begins a crucial three-game series against the Royals, who were a half-game back in the AL Central.
Avila does have some power. His 162-game average as a major league player over 5-plus seasons is 16 home runs.
Age-related injuries began when Joe Nathan had Tommy John surgery at 35, and Nathan has given Tigers fans reason to wonder again this season.
The Tigers achieved a dramatic and overwhelming comeback Tuesday night largely on the strength of Castellanos, Avila, Suarez and Davis.