The Twins agreed to terms with utilityman Ehire Adrianza on a one-year, $1.3 million deal Thursday, avoiding arbitration.
Adrianza 29, made $1 million in 2018, when he appeared in a career-high 114 games, leading to career highs in home runs (six), RBI (39) and extra-base hits (30) while hitting .251. Primarily an infielder, Adrianza appeared in games at first, second, third and shortstop and also made two starts in left field.
He was projected to receive a salary of $1.8 million in 2019.
The Twins still have 10 arbitration-eligible players, with righthanders Jake Odorizzi (a projected $9.4 million salary for 2019) and Kyle Gibson ($7.9 million) at the top of the list.
Newly acquired first baseman-designated hitter C.J. Cron; outfielders Eddie Rosario, Robbie Grossman, Max Kepler and Byron Buxton; infielder Miguel Sano; and relievers Taylor Rogers and Trevor May also are eligible for arbitration.
The Twins are expected to work on deals with many of these players to avoid arbitration, and they could approach a couple about long-term deals
Meanwhile, Friday is the deadline for teams to offer a contract to their arbitration-eligible players while continuing negotiations. Any player not offered a contract will become a free agent.
A few noteworthy players end up on the free-agent market at this time of year. For instance, there are reports the Brewers might not offer a contract to 2017 All-Star second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who hit only .233 with 21 home runs and 61 RBI last season, when he made $8.5 million.
One Twins player who might be on the bubble is Grossman, who made $2 million in 2018, hitting .273 with five home runs and 48 RBI.
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