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Bartlett signs Minor League deal, invited to Twins camp

Bartlett signs Minor League deal, invited to Twins camp

Bartlett signs Minor League deal, invited to Twins camp

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins signed infielder Jason Bartlett to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training, the club announced Monday.

Bartlett, who played with the Twins from 2004-07, last played in the Majors in '12 with the Padres, and didn't play at all last season.

Bartlett, 34, was limited by a sprained right knee in '12, hitting just .133 in 33 games before being released by San Diego that August.

He's a career .271/.336/.366 hitter with 31 homers, 156 doubles and 123 stolen bases in 889 career games. He served as Minnesota's starting shortstop from '05-07 before being traded to Tampa Bay before the '08 season in the deal that brought Delmon Young to the Twins.

Bartlett thrived with the Rays, as he received MVP votes in '08 and was an All-Star in '09. But he hasn't played a full season since '11, when he hit .245 with two homers, 22 doubles and 23 stolen bases in 139 games with the Padres.

Bartlett is expected to compete for a backup infield job in Spring Training behind second baseman Brian Dozier and shortstop Pedro Florimon.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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