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Brandon Morrow: “All things equal, I’d probably be going back to the Dodgers.”


Free agent reliever Brandon Morrow would like to return to the Dodgers. In an appearance on MLB Network Radio, the right-hander said, “All things being equal, I’d probably be going back to the Dodgers.” Here’s all of what he said in the clip provided by MLB Network Radio:

Things are still quiet, but obviously you’d love to go back to the place where you had success and the Dodgers are set to be good for a long time. That’s obviously very attractive to be with a team that’s going to compete and I think that’s obviously very high on my list at 33 years old, to get back to the playoffs. Getting so close to try and win one, I think that’s probably going to be the leading factor in my decision-making is teams with a chance. I don’t care about closing, just throwing from the sixth to the eighth inning. I’m cool pitching wherever and just looking for the best fit in the next few weeks.

All things equal, I’d probably be going back to the Dodgers. But there’s decisions they gotta make and other clubs are hopefully be coming after you and seeing what their pitch is. There’s a lot going into it. Definitely, building that with them and having the success that I did and knowing how the clubhouse is there and the guys on the squad and how much young talent they have, how good they’re going to be for years to come, to be able to hopefully be in that for three to four years. A lot of other teams like that, it’s definitely an attractive situation.

Morrow, 33, had been a starter for most of his career, but constantly had his seasons cut short due to injuries. He had a full and healthy season with the Dodgers in 2017, putting up a 2.06 ERA with a 50/9 K/BB ratio across 43 2/3 innings. Morrow became even more valuable to the Dodgers in the postseason, appearing in every single postseason game except Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs. In 14 playoff appearances last month, he gave up six runs on 11 hits and two walks with 12 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

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.