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Ehire Adrianza is back, baby

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The utility player is back for 2019. Who else is? Well, nobody yet. That was more rhetorical than anything.

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The Twins have nine players eligible for arbitration as Friday’s non-tender deadline looms. This number was ten, but not now. Not anymore.

Ehire Adrianza agreed to a 1-year, $1.3 million dollar deal to presumably be the team’s utility infielder in 2019. Which is fine, unless he’s like the starting DH like Jason Tyner before him. (As Gleeman noted, Adrianza played a lot for a utility guy last year—95 games, 366 ABs.)

The remaining nine are:

  • Trevor May
  • Taylor Rogers
  • Miguel Sano
  • Byron Buxton
  • Max Kepler
  • Eddie Rosario
  • Jake Odorizzi
  • Kyle Gibson
  • Robbie Grossman

Of the those nine, the conventional wisdom is that the Twins will bring everyone back except for Robbie Grossman. Rhett Bollinger makes the case that most every Twins fan who’s familiar with Grossman’s work would agree with: his defense is bad and he can’t hit. Rhett makes it in kinder terms, as he’s a professional, but that’s about it. With Jake Cave (the Cave for Jakes) showing some promise, or at least less glaring liabilities, as a fourth outfielder, plus the possibility of signing a free agent who can do the job better than both, Grossman’s time as a Twin is probably up.

If anything weird happens with the other eight guys, we’ll let you know. It would be messed up to let their entire starting outfield and 2/5 of their rotation walk.