Usually, the World Series winning team visits the White House the following summer while playing a road series against either the Nationals or Orioles. The Cubs are doing something different, however: they’re visiting the White House this coming Monday, just before President Obama leaves office.
Back when the Cubs won in early November President Obama, presumably jokingly, asked the Cubs to visit before he left office. He’s a White Sox fan but a Chicago guy and said he was rooting for the Cubs. Despite them being dispersed around the country and the world at their winter homes, vacation spots and hunting cabins, the Cubs have taken him up on the offer.
While this is likely a symbolic high-five to our Chicagoan current president, one wonders how the incoming president feels about it. Especially given that one of the Cubs’ co-owners, Todd Ricketts, is a nominee for deputy commerce secretary for said incoming president.
Gotta say, if I was Trump, I’d be . . . ticked off.
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.