Jason Bartlett rejoins Twins, could serve as utility infielder

Jason Bartlett, who started his career in Minnesota in 2004, signed a minor-league contract Monday.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortstop Jason Bartlett is re-joining the Minnesota Twins organization.

Bartlett, who began his career with the Twins, signed a minor-league contract with Minnesota that includes an invitation to spring training, the team announced Monday. The 34-year-old Bartlett did not play at all in 2013 due to an injury but spent the 2012 season with the San Diego Padres.

The Twins first acquired Bartlett in 2002 in a trade with San Diego. He made his major league debut with Minnesota in 2004 and batted .272/.341/.362 in four seasons with the Twins. Minnesota dealt Bartlett to Tampa Bay prior to the 2008 season as part of the Delmon Young trade. Bartlett spent three seasons with the Rays -- earning a trip to the All-Star Game in 2009 -- before he was once again traded, this time back to the same Padres team that drafted him.

Minnesota appears to be set at shortstop with Pedro Florimon establishing himself in 2013, but the veteran Bartlett could earn a roster spot as a utility infielder or part of a platoon at shortstop. He’s a career .271 hitter with 31 home runs, 286 RBI and 123 stolen bases.

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