Geoff Jenkins is looking to make a comeback

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ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Geoff Jenkins is planning to make a comeback after sitting out all of 2009. Jenkins was a bust for the Phillies after signing a two-year, $13 million deal two winters ago, hitting .246/.301/.391 in 2008 while losing his starting job to Jayson Werth.
When the Phillies picked up Matt Stairs to be their left-handed bench bat they outright released Jenkins, eating around $7 million. All of which is especially interesting because Jenkins’ agent told Crasnick that the 35-year-old is now “looking for a Matt Stairs-type role” off a contender’s bench.
In his prime Jenkins was an underrated all-around player who knocked around right-handed pitching while combining excellent power with outstanding defense in right field. He hasn’t posted an .800 OPS since 2005 and Jenkins’ glove is likely no longer an asset, but he could still have some decent pop in his bat against right-handers. Expect him to get at most a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

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.