Brian McCann was forced to make an early exit from Wednesday’s game against the Mariners due to right foot soreness, but the Yankees got some good news today.
According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, McCann is considered day-to-day after an MRI and a CT scan on his foot both came back negative. The 31-year-old backstop originally hurt his foot on May 24 and has been playing through pain since, but apparently it’s nothing serious.
After a strong finish to May, McCann is batting .248/.315/.452 with eight home runs and 33 RBI over 45 games this season. Of course, his value goes beyond what he does at the plate. According to Eno Sarris of FanGraphs, McCann has been the second-best defensive catcher in the game if you include his blocking, framing, and game-calling. Relying on John Ryan Murphy would be a pretty big downgrade, so the Yankees will have to hope that the foot issue doesn’t linger.
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.