Jered Weaver won again last night, shutting out the A’s for his league-leading 15th win of the season.
Weaver struck out nine, didn’t walk a batter and allowed only four hits. One of those guys was erased on a double play. In short: Weaver was dominant.
Weaver has won nine straight starts, and as a team the Angels have won his last 12 starts. His win total, his one loss on the season and his ERA (2.13) is the stuff of unanimous Cy Young Award votes.
Which, when you figure that, at present, Mike Trout is the easy favorite for Rookie of the Year and the likely favorite for AL MVP, the Angels are on pace to take home some serious hardware this postseason.
Not bad for a team that, if the season ended today, would find itself having to win a three-way tiebreaker for the last playoff slot.
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.