The Mariners and Athletics made a minor trade on Thursday evening. The Mariners acquired pitcher Dillon Overton from the Athletics in exchange for minor league catcher Jason Goldstein. The Mariners designated catcher Jesus Sucre to create roster space.
Overton, 25, pitched 24 1/3 innings in his first major league season in 2016 for the A’s, yielding 31 runs (all earned) on 48 hits and seven walks with 17 strikeouts. He was very prone to the home run, giving up 12 of them. The Mariners, though, see a lefty who will be under team control for a long time and has room to improve.
Goldstein, soon to be 23 years old, just wrapped up his first season of pro ball. He played five games with the Mariners’ rookie league team and 14 with their low-A affiliate in Everett, Washington. Combined, he hit .279/.328/.311 with two doubles and six RBI in 68 plate appearances.
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.