According to the great Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s will promote 26-year-old right-hander Graham Godfrey from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday to make his major league debut Friday night against the White Sox.
A 34th-round pick of the Blue Jays back in 2006, Godfrey is far from a top prospect. But he has posted a cool 2.50 ERA and 1.11 WHIP across nine starts at the Triple-A level this season while striking out 45 batters and walking only 14 in 50-plus innings.
The A’s will hope that he can ride some of that momentum into a solid big league debut.
Godfrey was acquired from Toronto in the winter of 2007 for shortstop Marco Scutaro.
Oakland is trying to peg down a reliable fill-in for ace left-hander Brett Anderson, who is off to see Dr. James Andrews after experiencing more discomfort this week in his troublesome throwing elbow.
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.