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Twins sign Jason Bartlett

Nov 11, 2013, 11:15 AM EST

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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Jason Bartlett has agreed to a minor-league deal with Minnesota, where he started at shortstop from 2005-2007 before being traded to Tampa Bay in the Delmon Young-Matt Garza swap.

Bartlett was injured and ineffective in 2012 and sat out all of this season, so at age 34 there’s no telling if he has anything left in the tank. He hasn’t topped a .700 OPS since 2009, but the Twins are always in need of middle infield help and there’s no risk to a non-roster invitation to spring training.

He’ll likely compete for a job backing up Pedro Florimon and Brian Dozier.

  1. happytwinsfan - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    jason bartlett is now a doddering 34 year old? oh god i feel old. 2006 was but moments ago and jason bartlett was the good YOUNG shortstop that the twins had finally come up with and would stupidly trade shortly later.

  2. lanzurrah - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    He was so bad in SD….

    • gloccamorra - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      His knee was so bad, he couldn’t field and he couldn’t swing a level bat to make contact. The Padres had a younger shortstop to fill in (and lead the NL in steals) and let Bartlett go at the end of the season. He’s basically got two years of lower “mileage”, so if he’s healthy, he’s like a youthful 32 year old.

  3. alexo0 - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Now they can sign Garza and officially wipe the Delmon Young trade off the books forever.

    • happytwinsfan - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      and sanatana and morneau and we’ll all magically be eight years younger

  4. NYTolstoy - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Look at the Twins making moves. I hope they do more then the Bartlet signing. Come on twins your fans need you

    • gloccamorra - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Um, did you notice mid-level players are asking for superstar salaries? Overpaying for lesser talent doesn’t build competitive teams, it just leads to higher ticket prices. The FANS end up paying those salaries, not the owners. Moves like the Bartlett signing are low risk, high potential reward, the kind that a team in the Twins’ position should make.

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