Primarily known for his defensive prowess, Ehire Adrianza took a step forward with his bat in 2016. He saw upticks in batting average (.254), slugging percentage (.381) and isolated power (.127) over his 2015 totals while serving as a utility infielder for the Giants. San Francisco's infield will be just as crowded in 2017 as it was last season, so the switch-hitting middle infielder will begin the year as a bench bat, leaving him off the standard fantasy radar. Deep leaguers will want to familiarize themselves with Adrianza in the event that he continues to improve offensively, because he could have some value if he falls into regular playing time at any point next season. However, it'll be tough for him to get many opportunities after being claimed by the Twins, a team that also has a good amount of infield depth at the major league level.
Adrianza (oblique) will sit out for at least a few more days, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Adrianza was still feeling sore Sunday after exiting Saturday's Grapefruit League game with a strained right oblique, so he'll undergo treatment for a few days before resuming baseball activities. The 27-year-old could be a candidate to land on the 10-day DL to begin the season if he fails to return to game action before spring training draws to a close.
Adrianza exited Saturday's game against the Orioles after fouling a ball off his foot, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. The versatile Adrianza is vying with Eduardo Escobar and Danny Santana for a utility role in the Twins' infield this spring and has strung together a strong .313/.405/.469 slash line across 32 at-bats. More updates on the severity of his foot injury should be made available following Saturday's game. Adrianza was replaced by Benji Gonzalez at second base Saturday.
Adrianza will compete with Eduardo Escobar and Danny Santana for a utility role this spring, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Adrianza's glove rates well by advanced metrics (career average UZR/150 of 19.8) and may be needed at times to replace potentially below-average gloves at third base and shortstop in Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco. As a result, Adrianza may have the lead over Danny Santana, who doesn't have a strong infield glove, for the final spot on the bench as spring training begins.
Adrianza was claimed off waivers by the Twins on Monday. This is the second time in the last two weeks the switch-hitter has been scooped off waivers, with the Twins designating reliever Pat Light for assignment to make room for Adrianza. He has seen scattered time with the Giants over the past four seasons, and slashed .254/.299/.381 over 63 at-bats with them in 2016. He'll provide depth for the Twins with his solid glove and ability to play around the infield.
Adrianza was designated for assignment Thursday. Milwaukee needed to clear way for Jesus Aguilar, who was claimed off waivers from Cleveland, and Adrianza was the roster casualty. This is the second time in a little over a week that the switch-hitting infielder has been designated for assignment. He didn't excel in 2016, slashing .254/.299/.381 over 63 at-bats with the Giants, but his above-avergage defense coupled with his ability to play pretty much anywhere in the infield should attract some interest on waivers.