Leyland drops hint on backup catcher
Next to filling out the rotation, Jim Leyland said today that deciding on a backup catcher is his top priority. And though Leyland said he hasn’t decided on one yet, he dropped a pretty good hint on Alex Avila’s chances.
When asked how much playing time will weigh into the decision, Leyland said, “That will be one of the factors, but not a sole factor. We’re going to do what we feel is the best thing for the Detroit Tigers right now. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it, too.”
The key terms in that is “right now.” The big question with Avila’s chances has been whether he’d be better off learning as the understudy in Detroit this year or honing his skills by catching everyday at Triple-A Toledo. The latter possibility is a big reason why the Tigers signed Robinzon Diaz to a minor league contract.
Third on the priority list? Figuring out the last player on the roster, Leyland said, which suggests he has most of the position spots on the bench (aside from backup catcher) figured out.