Diamondbacks, Lyle Overbay close to agreeing on one-year contract

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The Diamondbacks offered a one-year contract to free agent first baseman Lyle Overbay last week and general manager Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com earlier today that he is optimistic the deal will eventually get done.

“I would say it’s progressing well, but it’s not done,” D-backs GM Kevin Towers said. “Everything looks good, although it’s not a done deal. I’m cautiously optimistic. We still have some things that we have to work through that we’re still working through, but nothing’s really changed. My gut is he’ll still end up coming here.”

Overbay, who turns 35 in January, batted .234/.310/.360 with nine home runs, 47 RBI and a .670 OPS over 440 plate appearances this season between the Pirates and Diamondbacks. He was released by Pittsburgh in May and posted an .840 OPS over 18 games with Arizona down the stretch. He would likely serve as a backup to young slugger Paul Goldschmidt next season.

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.