Angels’ firings continue as scout is let go after 27 years in the organization

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As part of a housecleaning that already included the general manager, director of player personnel, and two key front office assistants the Angels have now fired longtime scout Rich Schlenker after 27 years in the organization.

And not only that, according to the 68-year-old scout he was fired “in a 30-second phone call.”

Schlenker called it “a cold business” and told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “there was no thank-you for all the years I put in … they just told me they weren’t renewing my contract.”

Asked about the nature of the firing, Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead replied: “The service of everyone who has worked in this organization has always been appreciated, on all levels.”

Something tells me Schlenker may disagree and as Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles notes the timing of the firing could make it difficult for him to land another job.

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.