Adrianza will enter the season as the backup at shortstop and second base, Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune reports. Since joining the Twins, the switch hitter has 99 starts at shortstop, 46 at third base, 16 at first base, 14 at second base, 11 in left field and five in right field. He will reprise a role where he moves all over the place, and may play most regularly as a second baseman when the Twins face a left-handed pitcher -- left-handed hitting Luis Arraez has stark splits and is a weaker defender. Adrianza got off to a slow start last year, but after hitting .120 in his first 21 games, he hit .390 with three home runs over his next 32 contests. While his super utility role is valuable for Minnesota, his fantasy value is limited to deeper AL-only formats.
Adrianza signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract with the Twins on Monday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Adrianza posted a career-best .349 OBP over 84 games with the Twins in 2019 to earn him a raise prior to hitting free agency after the 2020 season. The versatile infielder is unlikely to carve out a starting role next year given the Twins' depth, but he could still see a relatively consistent role in order to provide load management for the starting infielders.
Adrianza (oblique) is on the Twins' ALDS roster. An oblique strain has kept Adrianza out of action since Sept. 12. He's seemingly ready to go now, however, and should fill a bench role during the division series.
Adrianza (oblique) has been told he will probably play two games this weekend, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Adrianza has been out of action since Sept. 12 with a right oblique strain. He'll likely need to show he's healthy to have a chance to be included on the playoff roster.
Adrianza (oblique) took swings on the field and participated in infield work Saturday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Manager Rocco Baldelli noted that Adrianza looked to be close to full strength during the workout, but the skipper was unwilling to commit to the utility man playing again in 2019. Adrianza has been out of action since Sept. 12 with the right oblique strain.