Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon made plenty of highlight reels last season for a casual behind-the-back toss to first base. If for some reason you missed it or you just want to see it again (and who wouldn’t?), here it is:
Colon’s teammates haven’t forgotten about it, as they tried to emulate the 42-year-old wonder during a drill at Mets camp today. The results were mixed. Maria Guardado of NJ Advance Media has the important video from the scene:
You know the “Play Like A Champion Today” sign Notre Dame football players touch on the way out of the locker room? The Mets should really introduce a “Play Like Bartolo Today” one. It would be a hit.
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.