Derek Jeter back on the disabled list. His season is “effectively over”

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And with this move, Derek Jeter’s nightmare season effectively ends:

Jeter last played on September 7, so if he was DL’d retroactively, he could theoretically make the last few games of the season (the Yankees have 17 games left). But that’s only if everything worked out perfectly for him. And nothing this year has worked out perfectly for him. And the Yankees seem to know this:

 

He’ll end his season having played in 17 games with a .190 average and a lone homer and lone double his only real production.

Jeter has a player option for 2014. It’s quite possible that he exercises it this winter and, much in the way Marinao Rivera came back for a final year, Jeter ends his career in action and healthy.  But you have to wonder, given how hard it has been for him to come back from last year’s broken ankle, whether he is physically able to do so. And whether, because of that, he doesn’t contemplate retirement.

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.