The Twins have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran infielder Adam Rosales, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Hilliard Sports Management client has a $1MM base salary on the contract and another $250K worth of incentives available to him. He can also opt out of the deal on March 19 if he hasn’t been added to the MLB roster.
Rosales spent the 2018 season with the division-rival Indians, playing the bulk of the year with their Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, where he hit .239/.313/.445. Rosales came up to the Majors for 13 games in September, though he received just 21 plate appearances. An 11-year veteran, Rosales is a career .226/.291/.365 hitter with at least 580 innings of experience at all four infield positions and a brief bit of work in left field as well.
At first glance, it looks like it’ll be a tough task for Rosales to break camp with the Twins, who already have Ehire Adrianza and Ronald Torreyes on the 40-man roster as utility options. Catcher/infielder Willians Astudillo can also fill in around the diamond, while Tyler Austin offers more pop and a backup option at first base. That said, Rosales will seemingly receive an opportunity to earn his way onto the club as a veteran bench piece and, at the very least, the contract offers him the ability to showcase for other clubs leading up to his opt-out date.