Logan Morrison made headlines a couple of weeks ago when he publicly groused about Gary Sanchez being selected instead of him for the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game.
On a numerical level Morrison probably had an argument — he had 24 homers heading into the break, which was good to put him among MLB’s dinger leaders — but as far as marquee value, he didn’t. Sanchez has been a better story since his callup last year and, frankly, more fans were likely interested in seeing him instead of Morrison.
Maybe if Morrison had displayed the sort of showmanship he exhibited yesterday when he hit a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh inning of the Rays contest against the Angels, more people would’ve wanted to see him. Check out the bat-flip:
Of course it’s also possible people would still want to see Gary Sanchez more and Morrison would just get pitches to the ribs more often. Baseball is sometimes difficult to predict.
Morrison now has 26 homers and is hitting .257/.365/.571 on the year.
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.