Tigers extend contract of GM Avila

The Detroit Tigers extended the contract of Al Avila, the executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager who is overseeing the rebuilding of the organization.The team announced a multi-year extension but did not reveal the length or financial terms of the deal.”It’s clear to anyone that follows Tigers baseball that our organization is undergoing a significant transformation,” Tigers chairman and CEO Christopher IIlitch said in a team statement. “I’ve been impressed with Al’s leadership and focus, and the steadfast way he has led our baseball operations since becoming general manager.”Al has methodically implemented his plan, and the execution of that plan has demonstrated progress and results in scouting, drafting, player development and analytics. I am especially pleased with the progress we have made in securing a stable of talented prospects which bodes well for our future. Al has a proven track record in this game, and his nearly three decades of experience is paying dividends in this rebuilding phase.”The Tigers promoted Avila to his position on Aug. 4, 2015. This is the 18th season with the Tigers and the 28th in professional baseball for Avila, 60.