The Twins are signing Erick Aybar to a minor league deal, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.
The 12-year veteran is expecting to compete for an infield job in the Twins infield that includes Jorge Polanco, Brian Dozier, and Eduardo Escobar, among others. The 34-year-old Aybar hit .234/.300/.348 with seven homers, 22 RBIs, 15 doubles, and one triple in 108 games in San Diego last season.
Aybar has been known for being a light-handed versatile infielder, and on a relatively young Minnesota roster, he may struggle to make the roster. Still, with the ability to play shortstop, second base, and third, he will likely see some time on the big league roster at some point during the 2018 season. He may also have an opportunity to open the season on the big league roster in the event that Miguel Sano ends up facing discipline from the MLB on resulting from an assault charge that the league is investigating.