Commissioner Bud Selig is planning to meet with the Giants within two weeks to discuss a potential A’s relocation to San Jose, sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.
The Giants own the territorial rights to San Jose and are very reluctant to give them up, but with the A’s floundering, Selig may be willing to make some favorable concessions and twist a few arms in order to get something done.
Sources told Rosenthal the A’s are “checking off boxes” to ensure that baseball is satisfied with their plan to relocate. Part of that process was to up the capacity for its proposed Cisco Field in San Jose from its original 32,000 seats.
Rosenthal also writes that if the Giants refuse to yield their rights, then MLB may resort to buying the A’s from Lew Wolff, attempt to get a new stadium in Oakland and then resell the team at a later date.
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.