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Twins, Liriano Avoid Arbitration With One-Year Contract

The Minnesota Twins have reached an agreement with left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano, avoiding salary arbitration and ensuring that Liriano will be at Spring Training when pitchers and catchers report here in about a week.


Terms of the deal were announced as being a one-year, $4.3 million deal. The deal was another "midpoint" deal for the Twins, as Liriano had filed for $5 million in arbitration, and the Twins had countered with $3.6 million.


Liriano was 14-10 with a 3.62 ERA during the 2010 season for the Twins. Apparently the team has chosen to go year-to-year with Liriano, as no indications have been made yet of the team wanting to sign the lefty to anything longer term at this point in time.


This leaves outfielder Delmon Young as the Twins' only player with a chance to end up in arbitration.

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