Back in December of 2010 the Dodgers signed Matt Guerrier to a three-year, $12 million deal as a free agent and now two-and-a-half seasons into that contract they designated the right-hander for assignment.
Guerrier missed much of last season with an elbow injury and has struggled this season with a 4.80 ERA and 21/12 K/BB ratio in 30 innings. He also wasn’t particularly effective in 2011 and posted a 4.24 ERA in 120 total appearances for the Dodgers after finishing his Twins career with a 3.38 ERA in 393 outings.
Guerrier will probably clear waivers and could remain with the Dodgers at Triple-A, although if another team is convinced he could be a decent bullpen option in the second half his remaining salary of around $2 million would fit into plenty of payrolls.
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.