Tigers Agree to 'multi-year' extension with GM Al Avila

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LANSING, Mi The Detroit Tigers chairman and CEO Christopher Ilitch has announced that he and GM Al Avila have agreed to a 'multi-year' extension.

“It’s clear to anyone that follows Tigers baseball that our organization is undergoing a significant transformation,” Ilitch said in the team's news release. “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 release did not give details to the exact length of the extension. Avila has been the GM for the Tigers since 2015 when he took over for Dave Dombrowski.