Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz lost his arbitration case against the Braves, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Saturday. Foltynewicz filed at $2.3 million and was met with a counteroffer of $2.2 million from the team.
This was Foltynewicz’s first year of arbitration eligibility. He’ll remain under team control through 2020 before entering free agency in 2021. The 26-year-old righty is coming off of his fourth year with Atlanta; he went 10-13 in 28 starts with a 4.79 ERA, 3.4 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 through 154 innings in 2017.
The Braves have now settled with all six of their arbitration-eligible players for the 2018 season, including right-handers Arodys Vizcaino ($3.4 million), Chase Whitley ($800,000) and Daniel Winkler ($610,000) and left-handers Rex Brothers ($1.1 million) and Sam Freeman ($1.075 million).
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.