For Detroit Tigers fans, the team’s rebuild has remained stagnant as the team seeks to trade players for more prospects for their farm system.
However, their rebuild could be expected to go even longer.
The Tigers’ chairman and CEO Chris Illitch announced today that Executive Vice President and General Manager Al Avila has received a multi-year contract extension.
Avila has held the position since August 2015 after the firing of Dave Dombrowski.
Since he took over as GM, his main goals included revamping the Tigers’ farm system which was ranked bottom five in the league to now the eighth best.
The full statement from Fox 2 Detroit is in the link below.
As much as the team brought Avila with their approval and the farm’s improvements within the last years within the rebuild, a lot of fans and personalities are not happy with the move.
Here’s a couple reactions down below.
The Detroit Tigers have decided to extend Al Avila. Here’s my thoughts. pic.twitter.com/5L5OfHBZU6— Chris Castellani (@Castellani2014) July 5, 2019
Al Avila got a contract extension? pic.twitter.com/dTpcyXT7Ra— Justin L. (@JL_Baseball) July 5, 2019
The contract was expected to expire after the 2020 season, and the fans will have to wait for a few more years until the Tigers can get into playoff contention.
Evan Woodbery from MLive.com spoke to Avila about the extension and he said that the process is expected to continue especially through the team’s ‘darkest hour.’
Al Avila on rebuilding:— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) July 5, 2019
"You start and there's a fast pace to it. At the end, when you start seeing it all come together, you can see the light. But right now, in the middle, it's like the darkest hour. That's what we're going through right now." pic.twitter.com/jQx34yKPoY