The Twins have signed backup infielder Ronald Torreyes, the team announced Thursday.
Torreyes was with the Yankees before he was DFA’d this offseason so that the Yankees could clear a spot on their 40-man roster. Then he was traded to the Cubs. Now he’s inked a 1-year deal in Minnesota.
Torreyes, 26, can play second base, third base and shortstop, but he hasn’t done much offensively in parts of 4 seasons in the big leagues. He batted .280/.294/.370 in 102 plate appearances with New York. That’s an incredibly empty batting average — he walked in just 2% of his plate appearances — so don’t put too much stuck in his decent batting average.
It’s likely that Torreyes’ path to big-league playing time with the Twins in 2019 is as a backup utlity plate. So be alert, Willians Astudillo and Ehire Adrianza.