Jay Gibbons signs minor-league contract with Brewers

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Jay Gibbons, who spent the past two seasons as a role player for the Dodgers, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Brewers.

Gibbons was a regular in the middle of the Orioles’ lineup from 2001-2007, but was named in the “Mitchell Report” and suspended for the beginning of 2008, getting released by the Orioles that spring despite still being owed more than $10 million.

He spent 2008 and 2009 in the minors, including a stint at Triple-A for the Brewers, and then successfully completed his comeback while hitting .269 with a .755 OPS in 142 plate appearances for the Dodgers during the past two seasons.

At age 34 he’s unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster, but could be a decent bench bat.

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.