After acquiring Skip Schumaker from the Cardinals the Dodgers are looking to trade both Nick Punto and Juan Uribe, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Punto should be movable, as he’s owed $1.5 million for 2013 and still a solid utility infielder with a good glove. Uribe, on the other hand, has been one of the very worst all-around players in baseball for the past two seasons and is set to make $8 million. Good luck finding a taker for deal.
Rosenthal speculates that the Dodgers might have to simply release Uribe because no team would want him on the roster even if they agreed to cover the entire remaining salary, which … well, it shows just how awful the signing was by general manager Ned Colletti. Two years into a three-year, $21 million deal Uribe has hit .199 with a .552 OPS in 143 games.
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.