Did you know: when Nick Swisher is “hurt,” the “bro”-quotient in his speech is reduced by as much as 76%? It’s true!
Here’s Mark Feinsand of the Daily News asking Swisher about his offseason move from New York to Cleveland:
“It hurt. That team was amazing. The city was amazing, my teammates were so great to me … When it boils down to it, they didn’t come to me. They didn’t even offer anything. In a situation like that, as much as I love that city and as hard as it was for me to leave, I had to do what was best for my family and myself.”
Eh, it’s business. I think everyone who has paid any bit of attention to the Yankees knows it’s business. Swisher is an emotional guy, though, so this is understandable too.
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.