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Twins sign all eight arbitration-eligible players

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1/19/2010 8:05:36 PM
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Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - The Minnesota Twins on Tuesday agreed to contracts with all eight arbitration-eligible players.

Those agreeing to contracts were pitchers Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier, Francisco Liriano, Pat Neshek and Carl Pavano; infielders J.J. Hardy and Brendan Harris; and outfielder Delmon Young.

Crain, Liriano and Hardy signed one-year contracts, though the value of those deals is not known.

Guerrier, a big part of the Twins' bullpen the last few seasons, will make $3.15 million in 2010. He appeared in 79 games for the Twins last season, his sixth in the majors, and posted a 2.36 earned run average with one save. In 76 1/3 innings, he struck out 47 and walked 16.

Pavano, who split last season between Cleveland and Minnesota, agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal. In 33 starts in 2009 between the clubs, the 34- year-old went 14-12 with a 5.10 earned run average.

Harris agreed to a two-year contract worth $3.2 million plus incentives. He played every infield position last season, but mostly at shortstop (56 games), and in 123 contests overall, Harris hit .261 with a .310 on-base percentage, six homers and 37 runs batted in.

Young, 24, was in his first year of arbitration and will earn $2.6 million next year, with performance incentives. In 108 games in 2009, Young batted .284 with a .308 OBP, 12 homers and 60 RBI.

Neshek missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery, and agreed to a $625,000 contract for 2010. In 121 career relief appearances over three seasons with the Twins, he owns a 2.91 ERA with 142 strikeouts and 37 walks in 120 2/3 innings.


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