Reds intend to pick up Bronson Arroyo's option for 2011

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According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the club “definitely” plans to pick up the $11 million club option on Bronson Arroyo’s contract for next season.

Jocketty even stated that he would like to add years to the contract, so perhaps they’ll work out some sort of extension in lieu of the option year.

Arroyo, who turns 34 next April, went 17-10 with a 3.88 ERA and 121/59 K/BB ratio over 33 starts this season. He has logged at least 200 innings in each of the last six seasons. In fact, only three starters — Roy Halladay, Dan Haren and CC Sabathia — have thrown more innings than him since the start of the 2005 season. He’s obviously not in the class of the aforementioned trio, but he is a solid workhorse for a young starting rotation in Cincinnati. 

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.