Evan Drellich of CSNNE.com has a story today about how the Red Sox think the Yankees are trying to harass them.
Really! In the wake of the sign-stealing thing, Drellich notes that the Yankees have lodged other, less meritorious complaints against the Sox with the league office. And to be sure, the example he provides — the Yankees claiming that Doug Fister was wearing some sort of earpiece in the dugout when he really just had his mouthguard on his ear — suggests some level of pettiness on the part of the Yankees.
I don’t have any strong opinions about this. It’s somewhat amusing. It’s also possible to acknowledge that, yeah, if the Yankees are making these kinds of complaints on a regular basis, they’re being petty and tacky.
But I have to say, the headline — “Red Sox feel Yankees going out of their way to harass them” — is kind of funny. I’m picturing them as Margaret DuMont and the Yankees as the Marx Brothers, hectoring her until she has no choice but to retire to her fainting couch.
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.