Bounced through DFA limbo in the winter, Adrianza ended up with the Twins after starting the offseason with the Giants and also spending roughly a week as “property” of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Adrianza had spent parts of three seasons with the Giants, never playing more than 53 games or garnering more than 134 plate appearances in a season with the Giants before he was let go. Due to a lack of options, he had to pass through waivers if he was sent to the minors, and he spent the season with the major league team after opening the year on the disabled list.
In the end, Adrianza played excellent utility defense for a low cost, though he did not exactly do anything offensively that stood out, hitting .265/.324/.383 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, and 8 stolen bases over 186 plate appearances. What made his season most valuable off the bench was his quality plate discipline, putting up a 16/25 BB/K ratio.
While Adrianza is not an elite defender at any one position or an elite hitter off the bench, his ability to be a quality backup infielder for a cheap price could make him worth bringing back. After earning $600K in 2017, Adrianza would likely be able to be signed for $750K-$1M to hold down the end of the bench.
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