USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported Thursday that the White Sox intend to promote Ken Williams to team president and Rick Hahn to general manager once the season concludes.
SI’s Jon Heyman confirmed the news.
The switch is not only a reward for Williams, but it’s also carrot to keep Hahn, the longtime assistant, around. The Harvard Law product has long been mentioned as a GM candidate elsewhere, and he’d probably have landed that position somewhere already if he weren’t so picky.
Williams is in his 12th year at the helm of the White Sox, making him the game’s fifth longest-tenured GM behind Brian Sabean (Giants), Billy Beane (A’s), Brian Cashman (Yankees) and Dan O’Dowd (Rockies). His White Sox will finish over .500 this year for the ninth time in his 12 seasons. They won the World Series in 2005.
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.