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Report: Athletics letting teams know Ryon Healy is available via trade

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have been letting teams know that 1B/3B Ryon Healy is available via trade.

Healy, 25, finished up the 2017 regular season batting .271/.302/.451 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI in 605 plate appearances. He spent close to equal time playing first base and third base. With the emergence of Matt Chapman and Matt Olson at the infield corners in the second half, Healy moved to DH. Chapman and Olson now make Healy expendable.

Healy won’t be eligible for arbitration until after the 2019 season, so an acquiring team will have five years of team control. If the A’s do find a trade partner, they would likely make Khris Davis a full-time DH. Slusser notes the A’s are looking for relief pitching.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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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.