If I was a free agent and I was looking for a team that suited my needs, it’d be harder to find a better place to land than the south side of Chicago. Because as Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports, they encourage naps:
White Sox director of conditioning Allen Thomas thinks a 30-minute window can make a huge difference in a player’s energy level. Thomas said the team not only has reduced the workload of players’ specific workouts, but he also encourages them to find a pillow in the clubhouse or at the hotel whenever possible.
“There’s a whole lot of power in a 15-minute nap,” said Thomas, who is in his 10th season as director. “When you plug your battery back in for a few minutes, you still get some charge. Guys are doing a lot more contrast: we’re doing the hot tub, cold tub and just cutting down their volume of work. You try to get better efficiency out of a fewer number of reps and use the energy for the main event.”
I can see it. Which always makes me wonder why falling asleep at work will get you fired.
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.