Diamondbacks, Mark Trumbo avoid arbitration for $4.8 million

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According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Diamondbacks and outfielder Mark Trumbo have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.8 million contract.

Trumbo, who was acquired from the Angels in a three-team trade in December, asked for $5.85 million and was offered $3.4 million from the Diamondbacks when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The two sides ended up settling for a little over the midpoint.

Trumbo owns a .299 on-base percentage and a .768 OPS through 460 games in the majors, but his power is legitimate, as he’s tied for fifth with 95 home runs over the past three seasons. He’ll turn 29 later this month and remains under team control through 2016.

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.