Not so fast, Pirates: The Marlins say no one made them an offer for Giancarlo Stanton

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This all moot, basically, as Giancarlo Stanton is still a Marlin. But it’s interesting all the same.

After the trade deadline passed there was a report that the Pirates made a serious offer for Giancarlo Stanton that “turned the heads” of the Marlins front office. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, however, says that’s not the case:

 

Given how great the Pirates season is going it seems unlikely that anyone there would feel a need to float a bogus story about just how hard they’re trying to improve the team. My guess: this is a game of telephone, in which one person said “we called ’em” and as it got passed down the line to the reporter it had morphed into “sure, we made a big offer!”  It’s like “Vermin is going to kill Johnny’s brother at the Savoy Theater tomorrow night.”

Wait, you telling me you don’t watch that movie once a month? You should.

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.