From Jamey Newberg of The Newberg Report comes word that the Rangers have signed right-hander Dave Bush to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. It’s a deal that carries a $1 million base salary and another $1 million in performance-based incentives, if the veteran is able to land a spot on the big league roster.
The Rockies and Mets were both linked to Bush earlier this month, but nothing ever came of those negotiations.
Texas is a weird fit. Bush posted a poor 4.54 ERA and even uglier 1.51 WHIP in 31 starts and one relief appearance last season for the Brewers. Life in the National League Central in 2010 was pretty easy and it’s going to be a lot tougher for him on the other side.
Maybe Bush will be fine with starting the year at Triple-A and serving as rotation depth. The Rangers won’t want him making starts in the majors unless there’s an injury to the five or so better options that they have.
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.