Nationals add backup catcher Avila on $1.5M, 1-year deal

FILE – This is a 2020 file photo showing Alex Avila of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. Avila finalized a one-year agreement with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. The 34-year-old Avila is expected to be the primary backup to starting catcher Yan Gomes in Washington.