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Detroit Tigers: 3 Reasons Alex Avila Is More Important Than Prince Fielder
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Alex Avila was one of the top hitting catchers in MLB in 2011.

Could Alex Avila be more important to the Detroit Tigers than the nine-year, $214 million Prince Fielder?

Well, it depends on how you look at the scenario. But there are reasons why Avila means more to the Tigers than the newly acquired All-Star first baseman does.

Fielder signed his massive contract and has a stranglehold on the fourth spot in the lineup behind Miguel Cabrera to form one of the most powerful three-four hitting combinations in Major League Baseball.

Drop two more spots in the lineup, and there sits Avila in the No. 6 hole. Avila earned the nod as the starting catcher in the All-Star game last season. 

Here are three reasons why Avila is more important to the defending American League Central Division champions than Fielder is, even if Avila is nearly 200 career home runs shy of matching Fielder's career round-tripper total. 

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