After trading for Adrian Gonzalez the Red Sox’s lineup is heavily left-handed and Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that they may try to balance things a bit by signing Magglio Ordonez.
Ordonez is 37 years old and missed half the season with an ankle injury, but he hit .303 with an .852 OPS when healthy and has always destroyed left-handed pitching. He’s a career .325 hitter with a .954 OPS versus southpaws, including .347 with a .956 OPS off them during the past three seasons.
Early in the offseason the Red Sox were viewed as a possible destination for Jayson Werth before he signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals. Ordonez is six years older, far less durable, and much worse defensively than Werth, but offers comparable production offensively at a fraction of the price.
In the past three years Werth has hit .279 with an .889 OPS, while Ordonez has hit .311 with an .843 OPS.
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.