Derek Jeter to resume baseball activities this week

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Joe Girardi told the sporting press yesterday that Derek Jeter — who stands six hits shy of 3,000 —  is expected to resume baseball activities this week and is hopeful that he can return from the disabled as soon as he’s eligible on June 29.

Jeter’s strained right calf is the kind of thing that can be nagging, but it sounds like he’s rebounding nicely from his injury.  Which, despite his year-long struggles, should be good news for Yankees fans who are likely having trouble getting their minds around an energy-filled yet error-prone Eduardo Nunez after so many years of steadiness from Jeter. A steadiness that masked poor range and stuff, but which didn’t allow for much in the way of mental errors on Jeter’s part and at least kept everyone’s blood pressure lower.

When we talk about underrated/overrated when it comes to Jeter, that quality is probably significantly underrated.

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.