Monday November 17th, 2014

The Detroit Tigers exercised their 2015 contract option on catcher Alex Avila, the team announced on Monday.

Avila, 27, batted .218 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs last season for the Tigers. He led the American League by throwing out 36 runners trying to steal bases.

Avila made the All-Star Game in 2011 and has spent his entire six-year career in Detroit.

Last week, the Tigers re-signed first baseman/designated hitter Victor Martinez to a four-year, $68 million contract. The 35-year-old finished second in the majors in batting average last season (.335) and hit a career-high 32 home runs. 

• Report: Marlins sign Stanton to 13-year, $325 million deal

Detroit also exercised its $7 million option on relief pitcher Joakim Soria last month. Soria, 30, had a 3.25 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 44.1 innings last season with the Texas Rangers and Tigers.

The Tigers finished last season 90-72 and won the AL Central. They lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS.

• Mariners' Cano fractures toe during Japan All-Star Series

- Paul Palladino

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.