Jeff Passan reports that the Padres have signed shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal.
Aybar split last year between the Braves and Tigers, hitting .242/.293/.313 in 97 games in Atlanta and .250/.341/.350 in 29 games in Detroit. That’s not great, but he actually stands a pretty good chance of making the Padres, who have Luis Sardinas penciled in at the top of the depth chart at the moment. Sardinas split last season between the Padres and Mariners, hitting better after he came over in a trade, but he’s no mortal lock to win the job.
If he was, would they be brining Aybar in?
The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.
Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.
From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.