Consistency has been a problem this year for the 34-year-old pitcher, who has a 5-5 record and 4.96 ERA in 17 starts. However, he showed he can still pitch at a high level last year while finishing second in the Cy Young voting thanks to his 3.04 ERA and league-leading 254 strikeouts.
With Kyle Hendricks injured and John Lackey struggling, the 41-41 Cubs could use some more pitching help if they want to try to defend their World Series title.
Meanwhile, adding a catcher is also a significant priority after trading Miguel Montero, per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.
Avlia, who entered Monday with 11 home runs and a career-high .310 batting average, could be a perfect fit to replace him as a boost to the lineup. The left-handed hitter could also successfully platoon with the right-handed Willson Contreras.
Considering Avila has also thrown out 36 percent of potential base stealers (10-of-28), he represents a huge upgrade over Montero.
Detroit currently has a 36-45 record this season, which means it might be time to start selling the veterans to a team that could use them.