While there are a lot of reasons why it makes sense for the Mets to trade Carlos Beltran, Sandy Alderson said yesterday that his trade is not a fait accompli. Rather, how the team plays in the next couple of weeks leading to the trading deadline will be the determining factor.
Hmm. I wonder if this isn’t just being said because some fans who may not be realistic about the Mets’ current competitive position need to hear it. The Mets are seven and a half out of the wild card right now and with their closer gone and Jose Reyes on the shelf — and with a tough stretch of schedule ahead — that number could be expected to grow. In Beltran they have the best bat currently known to be on the market. They could save a couple of million bucks and get a useful part or three if they move him.
Alderson may very well be waiting to see how the Mets play before making a decision. But I kind of doubt it.
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.