Twins claim versatile Adrianza from Brewers

Twins claim versatile Adrianza from Brewers

The Twins made strides toward improving their depth Monday, claiming versatile infielder Ehire Adrianza off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. Right-handed pitcher Pat Light was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

The Twins are Adrianza's second team this offseason: the Brewers previously selected him off waivers from the Giants. Adrianza has appeared in 154 Major League games since 2013, all with the Giants.

Adrianza, 27, hit .254/.299/.381 with two home runs in 40 games for the Giants in 2016, appearing mostly as a pinch-hitter but also filling in at shortstop, second base and third. He's appeared mostly at second and short throughout his career, but he has the ability to play all four infield positions.

He'll likely battle Eduardo Escobar and Danny Santana in Spring Training for a bench role.

Light, a first-round pick in 2012, posted a 9.00 ERA in 15 games as a rookie last season. He was traded by the Red Sox to the Twins on Aug.1 for Fernando Abad.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.