With the Rays still asking the moon for ace David Price, the Mariners have apparently moved on to other options for upgrading their starting rotation.
According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Seattle front office has been showing “continued interest” in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana. There was a report in November stating that Santana is seeking a five-year free agent contract worth more than $100 million, but the price has likely dropped since.
Santana, 31, posted a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 161/51 K/BB ratio in 211 innings this past season for the Royals, but that’s the outlier for a career that has been considerably up-and-down. Santana had a 5.16 ERA in 2012 with the Angels and his career mark is 4.19. Signing him costs a top draft pick.
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.