New Cub Alex Avila understands business of baseball – Chicago Tribune

Alex Avila said he’s aware that people like to crack jokes over the fact that his father Al, the general manager of the Tigers, traded him Sunday night to the Cubs.

But the younger Avila said Tuesday that his father kept him abreast of a potential trade for the last month, adding that his mother might be more affected by the trade.

“I think she was more upset with probably the fact she’s not going to see her grandchildren as much,” Alex said. “We’re a baseball family.”

Avila’s grandfather, Ralph, was a legendary scout for the Dodgers who signed Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez.