Six players have been suspended as a result of Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl between the White Sox and Royals. Here are the details from MLB:
From the Royals:
Yordano Ventura: Seven-game suspension
Edinson Volquez: Five-game suspension
Lorenzo Cain: Two-game suspension
Kelvin Herrera: Two-game suspension
From the White Sox:
Chris Sale: Five-game suspension
Jeff Samardzija: Five-game suspension
All of the players listed above also received an undisclosed fine, but a five-game suspension for a starting pitcher isn’t much of a punishment. While Tyler Flowers was not suspended, he was fine an undisclosed amount. Interestingly, no punishment for Adam Eaton. Assuming the suspensions aren’t appealed, they would begin Sunday.
UPDATE: White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that Sale and Samardzija will appeal their suspensions.
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.