Minnesota Twins add another intriguing utility option

Apr 20, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Daniel Robertson (28) throws to first base late on a single by San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 20, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Daniel Robertson (28) throws to first base late on a single by San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Minnesota Twins may not have done much in free agency prior to the lockout, but they have been active in the past few days. They inked former first overall pick Tim Beckham to a minor league deal, providing a bat with some pop who can play around the infield. However, as Beckham has not appeared in the majors since 2019, it would make sense that the Twins would look for more options on that front.

That next move came on Monday. The Twins have reportedly signed Daniel Robertson to a minor league deal as well, adding another veteran option to compete for a bench role.

Minnesota Twins add another utility option in Daniel Robertson

There was a time when Robertson appeared destined to be a fixture for the Rays. In 2018, he produced a .262/.382/.415 batting line in his 340 plate appearances, hitting nine homers and 16 doubles as he appeared at six different positions. He seemed as though he was going to be their new Ben Zobrist.

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But he has not been the same after a thumb injury that cut short his breakout performance. Robertson has produced a disappointing .209/.317/.292 batting line in his 351 plate appearances, hitting just four homers and 11 doubles. While he still makes contact and can draw a walk, it has not amounted to much in terms of production.

There is still reason to hope that Robertson can turn his career around. Although he has seen action in parts of five major league seasons, he is only 28 years old. He has had success at the major league level before his injury, so it may be a matter of making adjustments and finding his swing once again.

If that does happen, the Twins could end up with a potential bargain. They have an opening in the middle of their infield and Josh Donaldson is not exactly a paragon of health. Robertson could get a good amount of playing time if he shows that he can return to form in spring training. Otherwise, he will be a solid depth piece to stash in Triple-A.

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The Minnesota Twins have found another option as a possible utility player. They have reportedly signed Daniel Robertson to a minor league deal.