Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays are close to signing free agent outfielder Avisaíl García. Per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the deal is for $3.5 million plus performance bonuses. The White Sox non-tendered García, who was entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility, in late November.
García, 27, had a tremendous 2017 campaign, but suffered from injuries and mean-regression this past season. He played in only 93 games, batting .236/.281/.438 with 19 home runs and 49 RBI in across 385 plate appearances.
García figures to compete for some playing time in right field as well as the DH spot. If he has a bounce-back year, he will provide a decent amount of value for the Rays, who could potentially flip him at the non-waiver trade deadline.
The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.
It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.
The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.