Carlos Gomez was in the middle of another benches-clearing fracas Tuesday at Yankee Stadium …
Gomez bat-flipped an RBI double in the top of the first inning and probably got some flak from the Yankees’ dugout as he was running out that sixth-inning pop fly. You might recall that he has history with Yankees catcher Brian McCann, who didn’t start Tuesday. Gomez would retaliate with a three-run bomb in the top of the seventh against Chris Capuano. It capped off the Astros’ big night of scoring in a 15-1 rout.
Houston currently holds a four-game lead in the American League West standings.
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.