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Twins add Aybar on Minors deal

Veteran expected to compete for backup infielder role
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The Twins have signed veteran infielder Erick Aybar to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Aybar, 34, spent the 2017 season with the Padres, for whom he slashed .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 steals in 108 games. He spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Angels and was an All-Star in 2014. He also won a Gold Glove Award at shortstop in '11. He split the '16 season between the Braves and Tigers.

The Twins have signed veteran infielder Erick Aybar to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Aybar, 34, spent the 2017 season with the Padres, for whom he slashed .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 steals in 108 games. He spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Angels and was an All-Star in 2014. He also won a Gold Glove Award at shortstop in '11. He split the '16 season between the Braves and Tigers.

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Aybar will compete for a spot as a backup infielder on the Major League roster. Minnesota currently has Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza as backup infielders.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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