Detroit Tigers: Alex Avila and 5 Players Who Deserve an Extension This Offseason

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Detroit Tigers: Alex Avila and 5 Players Who Deserve an Extension This Offseason
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With the recent breaking news of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson headed to Los Angeles, it's already exciting to talk about baseball again. The 2011-12 offseason is proving to be a financially historic off-season for the league.

Free-agent stars such as Pujols, Wilson, and Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins really gets us anticipated for the moves ahead for our hometown team—the Detroit Tigers.

Let's be honest here: The Tigers, so far, have not been active in the free-agent market at all this offseason. Although the Tigers have been brought up often in signing rumors, not much has been done—yet. The Tigers are included in both the Yu Darvish and Yoenis Cespedes talks, but how much are the Tigers willing to dish out to two players who have yet to play a single inning in the big leagues?

So, for now, let's consider what we already have. Ramon Santiago has been locked up for the next two years, as well as having brought back defensive specialist catcher Gerald Laird. But there still are moves the Tigers must make within the organization. 

Alex Avila must be signed to an extension. As a young, key piece to the team, this coming season is the final season before he becomes arbitration eligible.

In order to keep this team in contention, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski must re-sign some important pieces including Avila and fellow starter Jhonny Peralta.

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