6:41pm: Joe Frisaro of MLB.com has confirmed that the deal is final.
6:20pm: According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers have inked outfielder Alfredo Amezaga to a minor league contract. The deal will be worth $650,000 if he makes the big league club and carries another $800,000 worth of performance-based incentives.
Amezaga, who just turned 32, hit .217/.267/.261 last season in 69 at-bats and will compete with Xavier Paul and Jason Repko this spring for the backup outfield spot vacated
by Juan Pierre. Amezaga is the owner of a .251/.311/.341 career batting line in 1,331 major league at-bats and has played nearly every position during his seven professional seasons. Perhaps that versatility will land him a spot on Los Angeles’ Opening Day roster over some of the other worthy candidates in Dodgers camp.
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.