Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that he doesn’t regret booting Angels scout Jeff Schugel from the stands Wednesday during a team practice. In fact, Bochy thinks it was completely justified:
“You want to go through a fundamental (drill) and I don’t think that’s the time for scouts to be there,” said Bochy. “They have a job to do. I understand that. … We wanted it cleared. We had a couple things we wanted to work on.”
Giants GM Brian Sabean attempted to defuse the matter on Wednesday afternoon, calling the situation “a misunderstanding” and assuring reporters that scouts from all teams are allowed inside the Giants’ facilities. He might want to have a private chat with his skipper to clear that up, since Bochy seems to be the only person involved with a different interpretation of the rules.
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.