The Twins made a huge move today, announcing that they’ve claimed 27 year-old infielder Ehire Adrianza off waivers from the Brewers organization. The Brewers themselves had just claimed Adrianza a week or so earlier from the Giants.
Adrianza is a sort-of backup/depth type player, having appeared in a total of 154 major league games over the past four years. He hit .254/.299/.381 with two home runs in 40 games played for the Giants last season—meaning offense is obviously not his claim to fame. He’s known more for his fielding, which makes him a good fit for the Twins organization, which is pretty fielding-starved at shortstop.
Adrianza should be in the mix for shortstop along with Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar—both of whom are less than perfect starting-shortstop candidates.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Adrianza, the Twins DFA-ed reliever Pat Light. The hard-throwing but wild hurler was received in the Fernando Abad trade with the Red Sox at last summer’s trade deadline. Light joins the waiver wire along with Korean slugger Byung Ho Park, who was DFAed last week to make room for newly signed reliever Matt Belisle.
And in case you were wondering, yes, Danny Santana—despite performing below average at nearly every position—is still on the 40-man roster.
But seriously... “Ehire Adrianza”. That’s a 80 grade name.