Minor league outfielder Kyle Jensen, who smacked 27 homers in 133 games at Triple-A for the Marlins this season, has been traded to the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash.
It’s an odd move because Jensen isn’t really considered much of a prospect. For one thing he’s 26 years old. For another, except for having 25-homer power he hasn’t shown much promise offensively, posting poor batting averages with lots of strikeouts and sub par plate discipline.
Beyond that, it’s unclear why the Dodgers really need more corner outfield and first base depth considering they’re already trying to trade one of their veteran outfielders and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez almost never misses a game. If anything, you’d think the Marlins might actually have been able to find a spot for Jensen.
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.