Reports: Twins utility player Jason Bartlett will retire
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Jason Bartlett's comeback attempt with the Twins did not last long. Bartlett intends to retire, according to media reports in the Star Tribune and the Pinoeer Press.
Bartlett was on a rehab stint in Fort Myers, working his way back from a sprained left ankle.
He's walking away from a contract that would have paid him $1 million. He'll get a prorated amount of that, roughly $100,000, according to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press.
The Twins had surprisingly decided to give Bartlett a roster spot, despite little evidence he could fulfuill the "super utility" role they expected him to. He had a bad spring training and never had played a defensive position other than shortstop.
He looked bad in left field after taking over for part of a game for an injured Josh Willingham, and shortly thereafter Bartlett hit the disabled list.
The Twins "don't appear to be upset" with the decision, according to La Velle Neal of the Star Tribune.
Truthfully, there's not much to be upset about from a roster construction standpoint. Bartlett didn't offer the Twins much and they'll now save close to $1 million, while preserving a spot for a player with more positional flexibility like Chris Herrmann.