Jerry Manuel slams Joe Torre

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Over the weekend, Joe Torre played the “sure, I’d listen if the Mets called” card, saying that the
Mets “are certainly an inviting situation.” The only problem: Jerry Manuel is still the manager of the Mets. Andy Martino the Daily News just spoke with Manuel about it, and this is what he said:

“I find it curious when someone comments about a job somebody already has . . .that’s not integrity

Look, you know that Jerry Manuel won’t be managing the Mets in 2011, and I know it too. I’m willing to bet that both Manuel and Torre know it as well.  But while the papers and the fans and the bloggers can scream for a manager’s head, there has to be a certain etiquette, it seems, about managers talking about other jobs when those jobs aren’t open. In this I’m in agreement with Manuel. The comments by Torre were not good form.

And Torre can’t reasonably claim that he was speaking hypothetically or taken out of context on this. He’s been around this league for about 50 years, and he’s been managing for over 30 of those years. He has to know by now that when you’re talking to a reporter from the New York Post about the Mets that you’re being asked if you want that job.

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.