A vice president/assistant GM with the Detroit Tigers, Avila was a finalist for the Seattle Mariners job that went to Jack Zduriencik. While with the Florida Marlins, he oversaw drafting of Josh Beckett and signing of Miguel Cabrera.
There are some interesting tidbits on Avila's Tigers bio, though apparently the Tigers don't want you to read them because the web page is black text on a navy background.
Avila spent time as a special assistant to Pirates GM Dave Littlefield, where he had a front row seat to the Tony-Award-nominated play, "How Not To Run A Baseball Team." He has previously interviewed for GM positions with the Reds, Orioles, Mariners, and Diamondbacks, and while the Mets may legitimately be considering him for the position, Avila's Hispanic heritage means the Mets can at least pay lip service to the league's mandate that minority candidates be considered for high-ranking front-office positions.