Diamondbacks sign third overall pick Trevor Bauer to a major league contract

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UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer became the second top-15 pick from the 2011 draft to agree to terms when he signed a major league deal with the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Bauer, with a delivery patterned after Tim Lincecum’s, went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA as a college junior.  He’s scheduled to report to high-A Visalia and begin his pro career immediately.  If he stays healthy, he should be one of the first players from the draft to reach the majors.

With three weeks left to go before the Aug. 15 deadline, 21 of the 30 first-round picks are unsigned.  Cory Spangenberg, the 10th overall pick by the Padres, signed immediately after the draft, but he and Bauer are the only two from the top 16 to agree to deals.

Update: According to FOXSportsArizona.com’s Jack Magruder, the deal is worth about $7 million over four years.

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.