Baseball math with Rockies owner Dick Monfort

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The Rockies owner says the team can win 90 games. How does he get there?

“A year ago, the fifth starter in our rotation won one or two games or something like that,” Monfort said. “You put Anderson into our rotation, and you take out that fifth starter. I know Anderson isn’t our fifth starter, but he allows you to replace the fifth guy who was the weakness in our rotation. Anderson can win 12, 14, 16 games if he’s healthy. You add 12 to our 74 victories from last year and that’s 86.”

The extra four wins come “if things go our way.”

QED.

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.