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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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