On Saturday, 1B/OF Cody Bellinger tied a Dodgers rookie record held by Mike Piazza when he hit his 35th home run. He broke the record on Sunday, slugging a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning off of All-Star lefty Brad Hand.
Bellinger finished 2-for-4 on the afternoon. He’s now hitting .272/.352/.614 with the 36 homers, 82 RBI, 74 runs, and nine stolen bases in 440 plate appearances.
Despite Bellinger’s effort, the Dodgers lost 6-4 to the Padres on Sunday. They lost three of four in the series and have lost eight of their last nine games.
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.