Trade for Ty Wigginton won’t keep Phillies from pursuing Michael Cuddyer

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Last night the Phillies sent a player to be named later to the Rockies for Ty Wigginton, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that acquiring Wigginton’s right-handed bat “really doesn’t have anything to do with what I may do in the outfield or infield.”

In other words, Wigginton won’t stop the Phillies from continuing to pursue Michael Cuddyer.

Which makes sense, because while useful in the right circumstances Wigginton is nowhere near the hitter that Cuddyer is and with the Rockies paying half of his $4 million salary for 2012 his addition doesn’t have a big impact on the Phillies’ payroll anyway.

Amaro explained that he views Wigginton as mostly a bench player, although he could be used in a bigger role depending on Ryan Howard’s recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon and Placido Polanco’s performance at third base.

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.