Manny Acosta signs with Japanese team

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Manny Acosta’s agent, Gene Mato, announced on Twitter this afternoon that his client has signed a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League. He’ll make $1.65 million guaranteed in 2013 and could earn an additional $500,000 with possible incentives.

Acosta was non-tendered by the Mets late last month after posting a 6.46 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings this past season. He had a solid 1.78 ERA and 23 strikeouts over 25 1/3 innings after the All-Star break, but evidently he didn’t find a similar guarantee stateside.

Acosta doesn’t turn 32 until May, so there’s a good chance he’ll return to MLB at some point in the near future. Goodbye for now, Acostalypse.

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.