Tigers willing to trade pitching prospect Jacob Turner

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Detroit is serious about making a big addition.

From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Tigers have “made it known to other teams” that they are willing to trade top pitching prospect Jacob Tuner this offseason “in a deal for the right pitcher.”

Turner, a 20-year-old right-hander, was the ninth overall selection in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft and has posted impressive numbers at every level of the Tigers’ farm system. In 2010, he had a 3.28 ERA and 102/23 K/BB ratio in 115 1/3 innings between Low-A West Michigan and High-A Lakeland. Then in 2011, he registered a 3.44 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 110/35 K/BB ratio in 131 innings between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers were in talks with the A’s for Gio Gonzalez before the left-hander was traded to the Nationals, and have now been linked to Cubs right-hander Matt Garza. They should also have some other options.

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.