Dallas Braden's Letterman Top Ten List

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A couple of chuckles during Dallas Braden’s appearance on Letterman last night — I think No. 8 is my favorite — but really, we’ve seen better with athletes (UPDATE: Sorry! Forgot to say what the Top 10 List actually was. It was the top 10 thoughts Dallas Braden had during his perfect 4-0 game against the
Rays):

No. 10: Grandma’s right. Stick it, A-Rod.

No. 9: I did it! Oh crap, it’s only the 4th inning.

No. 8: Seriously, how cool a name is Dallas Braden?

No. 7: Now maybe Justin Bieber will notice me.

No. 6: I must not tell the world I’m Iron Man.

No. 5: This is something they can never take away from me. But
for $50,000, you can have my glove.

No. 4: This next pitch, eyes closed.

No. 3: Even I’ve never heard of me.

No. 2: I should at least give up one hit so I don’t have to do
Letterman.

No. 1: Maybe I can give Kate Hudson a call.

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.