Kevin Towers wants to hire Greg Maddux as Diamondbacks' new pitching coach

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Kevin Towers said a whole bunch of interesting stuff during his introductory press conference as Diamondbacks’ general manager yesterday, including that he wants to bring in Greg Maddux as pitching coach or bench coach next season
“I told Greg two years ago as soon as you want to be on the field please make me the first call,” Towers said.
Throughout his Hall of Fame playing career Maddux was billed as “the smartest pitcher in baseball” and he was frequently spotted giving pitching lessons in the dugout, so if he’s interested in the job it certainly seems like a potentially excellent fit.
His brother, Mike Maddux, has been a pitching coach in Texas and Milwaukee, although according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today “the last Hall of Fame pitcher to be a pitching coach was Ferguson Jenkins for the Cubs in 1996.”
Mel Stottlemyre Jr. is currently in his second season as Arizona’s pitching coach and has spent the past nine years in the organization in some capacity, so he’s probably not thrilled to hear Maddux’s name come up for his job.

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.