Nationals place newly acquired outfielder David DeJesus on waivers

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Well, this is strange. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Nationals “almost immediately” placed outfielder David DeJesus on revocable waivers after they acquired him from the Cubs this afternoon.

Some have speculated that the waiver claim was a mistake, but that seems highly unlikely since a trade was agreed upon and DeJesus wasn’t simply dumped by the Cubs. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times speculates that perhaps they claimed/traded for him as an effort to keep him from getting to a rival team. Whatever the motivation was, the 60-64 Nationals now appear set to attempt to flip him elsewhere if possible.

DeJesus, 33, is still owed a little over $1 million this season while his contract includes a $6.5 million club option for 2014 or a $1.5 million buyout.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to a 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.