Twins sign Ehire Adrianza to one-year, $1.3 million deal
The Twins on Thursday agreed to terms with utilityman Ehire Adrianza on a one-year, $1.3 million deal to avoid arbitration. Adrianza made $1 million last season.
Adrianza, 29, batted .251 last season with six home runs and 39 RBI. He appeared in a career high 114 games, leading to career highs in home runs (six), RBI (39) and extra base hits (30). Primarily an infielder, Adrianza appeared in games at first, second, short and third base and also made two starts in left field. He was projected to receive a salary of $1.8 million in 2019.
The Twins still have 10 arbitration eligible players, with righthanders Jake Odorizzi (a projected $9.4 million salary for 2019) and Kyle Gibson ($7.9 million) at the top of the list. First baseman-designated hitter C.J. Cron; outfielders Eddie Rosario, Robbie Grossman, Max Kepler and Byron Buxton; infielder Miguel Sano; and pitchers Taylor Rogers and Trevor May also are eligible for arbitration.
The Twins are expected to work on deals with many of these players to avoid arbitration, and they could approach a couple about long-term deals. Meanwhile, Friday is the deadline for teams to offer a contract to their arbitration eligible players while continuing negotiations. Any player who is not offered a contract will become a free agent.
A few noteworthy players end up on the free agent market at this time of year. For instance, there are reports that the Brewers might not offer a contract to 2017 All-Star second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who hit just .233 last season.
One Twin who might be on the bubble is Grossman, who batted .273 last season with five home runs and 48 RBI last season.