Yuniesky Betancourt is off the DL, batting second for Royals

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Kansas City activated Yuniesky Betancourt from the disabled list and he’s starting at second base tonight against the A’s. Not only that, he’s batting second in the lineup.

Because why wouldn’t you want a swing-at-everything hitter with a .293 career on-base percentage setting the table, right? Or something.

Betancourt has been out since May 1 with an ankle injury. Chris Getz initially filled in for him at second base, but then he got hurt as well and the Royals turned to 28-year-old career minor leaguer Irving Falu along with 24-year-old prospect Johnny Giavotella.

Falu was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Betancourt’s return and, knowing manager Ned Yost, it’ll be a while before Giavotella sees regular starts at second base again.

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.