Report: Yankees, Freddy Garcia nearing one-year deal

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The Yankees don’t appear to be any closer to adding the No. 2 starter they desire, but they are set to bring back Freddy Garcia on a one-year deal, David Waldstein of the New York Times reports.

Garcia took a modest $1.5 million guarantee from the Bombers before going 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 146 2/3 innings last season. He struggled some coming down the stretch and took a loss in his lone postseason start against the Tigers, but the Yankees were quick to express interest in re-signing him.

With Garcia returning to a rotation also set to include CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and probably A.J. Burnett, it’s doubtful the Yankees will re-sign Bartolo Colon. If they can add Yu Darvish, C.J. Wilson or a quality starter in a trade, then that could leave Phil Hughes out of the mix initially.

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.