The Chicago Cubs are still looking for a backup catcher, but one of their options is now reportedly off the table.
According to multiple reports, Alex Avila has signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. According to the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the deal will pay Avila $8.25 million over the life of the contract.
Avila was a contributor to the Cubs during the stretch run last season, and his role grew after Willson Contreras suffered a leg injury. Avila, who was acquired in the deal that also landed Justin Wilson in Chicago, hit three home runs and drove in 17 RBI in 112 plate appearances with the Cubs. He also had a hit in his lone postseason plate appearance against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Currently, the Cubs have several minor league options for the back-up catcher role, including Victor Caratini and Taylor Davis, but it’s unclear whether they will still look to add a veteran catcher to the mix before spring training begins next month.