Tigers sign GM Al Avila to multi-year extension

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As the Detroit Tigers build towards a promising future, the team made sure the man who played a huge role in building it will remain with the organization for years to come.

On Friday, Detroit announced it signed general manager Al Avila to a multi-year extension to keep one of the game’s most respected general managers in Detroit as it works back towards contention.

Named Detroit’s general manager in 2015, Avila has worked over the past several seasons to restore the Tigers to prominence once again. While the team is coming off consecutive 64-win seasons, Detroit’s farm system and young, MLB talent are providing a glimpse into a much better future for the organization.

The 60-year-old executive first joined Detroit’s front office as a special assistant in 2002 and worked his way up to his current role. Now with his extension done, Avila will likely be very busy this month in the weeks leading up to MLB’s trade deadline.