Give it a listen: Aaron Gleeman on the Bucs Dugout podcast

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I was a guest on the Bucs Dugout podcast, previewing the Pirates-Twins interleague series that begins tonight and also talking about what it’s like to spend 10 years blogging about the same team.

Check it out, because host Charlie Wilmoth does a great job with the podcast and it was a fun chat:

Bucs Dugout Podcast: Previewing The Twins with Aaron Gleeman

(And if you’re not sick of me just from that you can also check out my own weekly podcast, Gleeman and The Geek.)

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.