Aybar is looking to make a comeback to the majors in 2019, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Aybar played in the Mexican League in 2018, hitting .291/.354/.401 with three homers and six steals across 43 games. The soon-to-be 35-year-old last played in the majors with the Padres in 2017, hitting .234/.300/.348 with seven homers and 11 stolen bases in 108 games.
Aybar left the Twins' camp Friday, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Friday was Aybar's opt-out date in his contract, and he appears to have exercised that option after being told Thursday that he wouldn't make the team's roster. Even with Jorge Polanco suspended for 80 games, the Twins prefer Eduardo Escobar as a fill-in shortstop, with Ehire Adrianza as the backup infielder. Aybar has some fantasy value in deeper leagues as he can chip in with the occasional steal, swiping 11 bags in 108 games last year, but at 34 and with a declining glove and a bat which recorded wRC+ figures of 78, 65, and 74 in the past three seasons, he's unlikely to generate much interest on the free-agent market.
Aybar was informed Thursday that he will not make the Twins' Opening Day roster, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Aybar, who was looking to lock down a reserve infield role in camp, will now have until Friday to decide if he wants to report to Triple-A Rochester or opt out of his contract and look elsewhere for a major-league opportunity. The 34-year-old is still a serviceable defender up the middle, but he hit just .234/.300/.348 across 270 plate appearances with the Padres in 2017.
Aybar signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Aybar spent the 2017 season with San Diego and posted a .234/.300/.348 slash line with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases in 370 plate appearances. The 34-year-old should serve as infield depth for the Twins, with third baseman Miguel Sano recovering from shin surgery and still in the midst of the league's investigation of the assault allegations made against him in December.
Aybar went 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases in Wednesday's 13-7 loss to Arizona.
The 33-year-old is still getting it done on the basepaths, reaching double-digit steals for the eighth time in his 12-year career. Aybar has started 13 of the 16 games he has appeared in since returning from the disabled list Sept. 1, providing deep-league value over that span (.278 with a home run and three steals).
Aybar went 3-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 10-6 win over the Diamondbacks.
The veteran shortstop has started six of the Padres' last seven games despite the club being well out of contention. Aybar has gone 8-for-26 with three extra-base hits over that span, giving him deep-league appeal as long as he continues to see regular playing time.
Aybar will start at shortstop and bat second Monday against the Cardinals.
Aybar was expected to see a reduced role in the final month of the season after being reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Friday, but he'll earn a third consecutive start Monday after providing a two-run home run a day earlier. Yangervis Solarte has been a fixture in the lineup of late as a roving utility man, so in order to clear a regular spot for him, one of Aybar, second baseman Carlos Asuaje and third baseman Cory Spangenberg will likely sit out every contest. It will be Asuaje's turn to take a seat Monday, allowing Aybar to maintain his spot in the starting nine.
Aybar got the nod at short Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 6-4 win over the Dodgers.
Aybar was able to get in the starting lineup on consecutive days due to Saturday's doubleheader and Cory Spangenberg's rest day on Sunday; he went 4-for-8 over that span. The majority of the 33-year-old's .234/.302/.364 slash line was accumulated as a starter at the beginning of the season, but he will likely be limited to a start or two per week as a backup infielder down the stretch.
Aybar was used as a pinch hitter Friday, failing to reach base in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers.
It was the veteran shortstop's first action since going on the disabled list with a broken foot July 22. The Padres' infield has become a little more crowded since Aybar was sidelined, so he will likely be used sparingly as the club takes a look at younger options in the final month of the season.
Aybar (foot) was activated from the 10-day DL on Friday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
It isn't clear whether Aybar is ready for game action as of yet, or if the club made this move since keeping the shortstop on the disabled list serves no real purpose now that rosters have expanded. He's been out since late July after fracturing his foot, and could remain sidelined if it still needs time to recover.
Aybar was diagnosed with a fractured foot Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
It appears that Aybar will be sidelined for quite some time after fouling a ball off his foot during Friday's game. Initial reports suggest that the shortstop will likely miss the remainder of the season, though he could return in September in a best-case scenario. Allen Cordoba and the recently promoted Dusty Coleman will handle shortstop duties in his absence.
Aybar (foot) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday.
Manager Andy Green had suggested this was likely after Aybar fouled a ball off his foot Friday. The Padres are expected to bring up another shortstop after Saturday's game to provide depth behind Allen Cordoba.
Aybar (foot) is likely headed to the 10-day disabled list, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The move has not yet been made, but manager Andy Green indicated Aybar is DL-bound after fouling a ball off his foot during Friday's game. Allen Cordoba is starting at shortstop Saturday and it seems likely that he will see the bulk of the work there in Aybar's absence.
Aybar is out of the lineup Saturday against the Giants.
Aybar has assumed the everyday role at shortstop in San Diego, starting 17 consecutive games at the position, but is mired in a tough slump over the past seven days, going just 3-for-25 in that span. The 33-year-old heads to the bench Saturday, allowing Allen Cordoba to get the start in his place.
Aybar started four consecutive games at shortstop for the Padres, going 4-for-13 with three runs scored over that span.
Playing time opened up for the seasoned vet after San Diego designated Chase d'Arnaud for assignment. Allen Cordoba has been M.I.A. over Aybar's recent run of playing time, but he could resurface at some point. The 33-year-old is batting just .229 on the season, but his six home runs and six stolen bases put him on the cusp of being a useful fantasy asset in deep and NL-only formats.
Aybar is not in the lineup Thursday against the Braves.
Despite going 3-for-4 in Wednesday's win over the Braves, Aybar will head to the bench for what appears to be a routine day off. Allen Cordoba will take over for the veteran at shortstop.
Aybar went 2-for-3 with his sixth home run and two runs scored in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Tigers.
Manager Andy Green had been deploying a three-man rotation at short in the month of June, but Allen Cordoba's recent hand injury has opened up playing time for Aybar. The veteran has responded with a pair of home runs in three starts over the Padres' last four games. Overall, the 33-year-old has been disappointing (.221/.295/.354) at the plate, but a light power/speed combo (six homers and six steals) gives him value in very deep fantasy leagues while he's seeing semi-regular starts.
Aybar went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.
Aybar, who has never hit more than 10 home runs in a major-league season, is already up to five this year in just 188 at-bats. The 33-year-old has also chipped in six steals, but his overall line leaves much to be desired (.218/.288/.340). His appeal is limited mostly to NL-only leagues.
Aybar went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's win over the Reds.
The veteran got the start at short after sitting on the bench for San Diego's previous two contests. There appears to be a timeshare developing between he and Allen Cordoba (bats right-handed), but it isn't a traditional platoon as the switch-hitting Aybar got the start against a southpaw Wednesday. While the former offers a stronger bat in the lineup, the latter provides value to the club with solid defense up the middle. Chase d'Arnaud remains in the equation despite not starting lately. It would be best for deep-league owners to take in a larger sample size before deciding if any of the Padres' shortstops can settle into a regular role.
Aybar is not in the lineup Monday against the Reds.
Aybar will head to the bench after collecting three straight starts at shortstop. Allen Cordoba will draw the start in his stead, and if Aybar could eventually lose his job to his younger counterpart if he doesn't pick it up at the plate moving forward.
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