Are Angels avoiding Holliday because of Boras?

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Last month Angels owner Arte Moreno revealed that the team would not be pursuing Matt Holliday and this afternoon general manager Tony Reagins confirmed those plans, telling Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports that their stance on Holliday remains “unchanged.”
On the other hand, Reagins made it equally clear that the Angels are definitely in the mix for for Jason Bay, saying: “He’s a guy we find appealing and we’ll see where it takes us.”
Aside from the Cardinals focusing strictly on re-signing Holliday, seemingly every other team linked to one of the two free agent left fielders has also been linked to the other. Which makes plenty of sense. If you have an outfield opening and want a big right-handed bat, Holliday and Bay are certainly similar targets.
Perhaps Moreno is sending a message to agent Scott Boras, who represents Holliday and reportedly upset the Angels with his handling of client Mark Teixeira last offseason. Do the Angels really have tons of interest in Bay and zero interest in Holliday, or do they just want to avoid having anything to do with Boras? If it’s the latter, they certainly wouldn’t be alone.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal

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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.