Report: Thome won't be returning to White Sox

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The Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley reports that Jim Thome and the White Sox were unable to reach an agreement over the weekend and that Thome won’t be back in Chicago next year.
The White Sox clearly had mixed feelings on whether it was in their best interests to bring back Thome as their primary DH. Manager Ozzie Guillen is fine with mixing and matching at the spot, even though Thome would have a pretty good chance chance of being the team’s best or second-best hitter against right-handers.
Thome might now be on his way to Minnesota. The Twins, still not sold on Delmon Young as an everyday player in left field, have interest in the 39-year-old as a part-time DH.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to 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.