Blue Jays sign Dayan Viciedo to a minor league deal

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Dayan Viciedo. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that Viciedo will earn a $2.5 million salary if he makes the major league roster.

The Blue Jays were linked to Viciedo shortly after learning the severity of the injury to Michael Saunders. Though Saunders is expected to return in April as opposed to July as was initially believed, it was still imperative to add some outfield depth and they did so in the form of Viciedo.

Viciedo was released by the White Sox on February 4 as the Melky Cabrera signing earlier this offseason left him without a starting role. In 563 plate appearances last season, Viciedo hit 21 home runs and knocked in 58 runs but mustered only a .231 average and .281 on-base percentage.

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.