Saturday’s Game 6 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Angels has been postponed due to rain. The Yankees made their best efforts to get the game in, even opening the gates and conducting warm-ups on the field, however there didn’t seem to be an adequate window in the forecast.
The two teams will reconvene on Sunday night, with first pitch scheduled for 8:20 pm ET. Andy Pettitte will square off against Joe Saunders or possibly Jered Weaver. You can join me right here for a live chat during the game.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.