John Lackey isn’t the only veteran pitcher who intends to come back for another year in 2018. Bartolo Colon also wants to pitch next year, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports.
Colon, 44, spent the past season with the Braves and Twins. He struggled in 28 starts, putting up an aggregate 6.48 ERA with an 89/35 K/BB ratio over 143 innings.
Last November, the Braves inked Colon to a one-year, $12.5 million deal. They released him in July and he signed with the Twins shortly thereafter. Given his age and his horrendous performance throughout the past season, Colon may have to settle for a minor league contract.
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.