FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins have agreed to a minor league deal with Erick Aybar and invited the infielder to spring training, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.
Aybar has a March 27 opt-out in his contract, according to 1500ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson. He’ll make $1.25 million if he makes the team, per Wolfson.
The team’s list of non-roster invites originally included 13 players but has grown since the start of camp. An unusually slow free agent market contributed to teams around the league not having the customary number of spring training attendees.
Aybar, the long-time Angels infielder, hasn’t done much offensively in three years. In the past 3 years combined Aybar has hit .253/.301/.335 and averaged almost 500 plate appearances per season.
After spending 10 years in Southern California with the Angels, he also spent time with the Braves and Tigers in 2016, and was a Padre in 2017.
Aybar, 34, has long been considered a good fielder. With starters in place at both middle infield positions, and backups like Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza, it would be surprised if Aybar made the club out of spring training. There’s not a clear position of need defensively for the Twins, and Aybar’s bat just doesn’t seem like it’s good enough to get him into the mix at DH or in the corner outfield.