Mar 28, 2014; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins batter Jason Bartlett (11) connects for a base hit against the Boston Red Sox during their game at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins’ outfielder Jason Bartlett will retire

Veteran utility man Jason Bartlett was hoping to make a successful Major League return with the Minnesota Twins but failed to do so.

According to Mike Berardino on Twitter, Bartlett has informed the Minnesota Twins that he will in fact retire from professional baseball.

I’m sure the Twins tried to get him to reconsider, but it looks like he’s made up his mind and is hanging up his cleats. Bartlett was drafted by the San Diego Padres in round number 13 back in 2001 but was traded a year later to the Minnesota Twins after the Padres drafted Khalil Greene.

Bartlett made a four year run with the Twins before landing with the Tampa Bay Rays from ’08-’10, then ended up with the Padres again from ’11-’12. He sat out the entire 2013 before signing a non-roster contract with the Twins back in November of last year.

He was placed on the disabled-list at the beginning of the month and was replaced on the big league roster by Triple-A catcher Chris Herrmann. Bartlett made three appearances with the Twins before landing on the disabled list.

Bartlett will finished with 849 hits, 31 home runs, 286 RBI’s and a career .270/.336/.336 batting line.

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