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 Posted: Sat Feb 1st, 2014 04:15 am
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The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with Alex Avila on Friday as the catcher agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million deal, sources said.

The deal has a $5.4 million option for 2015, which triggers if Avila is selected to the All-Star team or makes the top 10 in MVP or Silver Slugger voting in 2014.

Avila hit .227 in 102 games last year for Detroit, his worst hitting performance since his first full season in 2010.

The 27-year-old Avila had just five hits in 11 postseason games last season.

He was an All-Star and Silver Slugger in 2011. He led the American League in runners caught stealing in 2011 and '12.