The New York Times’ David Waldstein speculates today that the Mets would be wise to look into hiring Stan Kasten, who resigned as President of the Nats yesterday. He’s got a great track record, Waldstein says. He’s from New Jersey!
Both of which are true. Also true is that, if Jeff Wilpon takes it upon himself to micromanage baseball operations to such a degree that no reputable GM would want to take the job, why on Earth would he ever consider bringing in a guy who basically does the same thing he does, but has done it much, much better over the years?
I’m not trying to trash Waldstein’s premise here — I like “what if” thought experiments like this. It just strikes me that Mets fans — and in Waldstein’s case, Mets followers — are entering into some psychological state, borne of suffering under the Wilpons, in which they’ll entertain any thought that could solve the team’s problems, no matter how unrealistic it is.
It’s not their fault. They’re victims here.
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.