Adrian Beltre hasn't talked contract extension with Red Sox

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Adrian Beltre signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox this winter in the hopes of putting together a big season and taking another crack at free agency, so not surprisingly Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Beltre and the Red Sox “haven’t had any talks” regarding an extension.
Beltre is making $9 million this season and his contract includes a player option for next year that is currently $5 million and can rise to $10 million if he reaches 640 plate appearances, but that’s merely a technicality at this point.
He’ll likely be in line for several times that money after hitting .330/.370/.537 with 13 homers, 26 doubles, and 55 RBIs in the first half to make his first All-Star team, so right now Beltre (and agent Scott Boras) deciding to take the one-year deal in an effort to recoup the value lost in an injury wrecked 2009 season is looking awfully shrewd. And the Red Sox must be thrilled with the value they’ve received from a $9 million investment too.

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.