Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Bartlett returning to Twins, reports say

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: November 11, 2013 - 10:46 AM

    Six years after he was traded away, one year after he feared his career was over, shortstop Jason Bartlett is back with the Twins.

    Bartlett, who batted .272 in three seasons with the Twins before being shipped to Tampa Bay as part of the deal that brought Delmon Young to Minnesota, has signed a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training, reported Monday.

    Bartlett played three seasons with the Rays and was named to the All-Star team in 2009, before being traded to San Diego, where he played two seasons. After the Padres released him in August 2011, Bartlett remained out of baseball in 2012.

    Bartlett, now 34, figures to compete for a utility infield spot on the Twins' roster next season. The Oklahoma alum was batting only .133 when released by San Diego, but he's a .271 career hitter and has played his entire career at shortstop. Pedro Florimon is the Twins' incumbent at shortstop, after a season in which he was named the Twins' top defensive player.



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