Diamondbacks close to a deal with Daniel Hudson

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They couldn’t agree to a contract before Monday night’s deadline, so the Diamondbacks non-tendered Daniel Hudson, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the two sides are close to hammering out a new deal for him to stick around.

Hudson is recovering from a pair of Tommy John elbow surgeries and figures to miss most and perhaps all of 2014, so any deal would presumably cover at least two years.

Or as general manager Kevin Towers put it:

I would like to say that we were at the 5-yard line or inside of that. So my hope is that we will come to a resolution and he will be a Diamondback in the very near future.

Apparently one possible stumbling block is whether the deal includes a 40-man roster spot. Hudson hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2011, when he threw 222 innings with a 3.49 ERA and 169/50 K/BB ratio after coming over from the White Sox in a trade for Edwin Jackson.

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.