White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is likely to rejoin the team on Monday, ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla reports. The slugger has been on the disabled list since May 18 with posterior tibia tendinitis in his left ankle, and recently discarded his walking boot to resume baseball activities.
Prior to going on the DL, Abreu was the major league leader in home runs and RBI with 15 and 42, respectively, in his team’s first 45 games. When he returns, he’ll be looking to improve upon his impressive .260/.312/.595 slash line.
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.