A look at the Twins players who will be eligible for arbitration after the season…
- First time: Kevin Slowey, Alexi Casilla, Glen Perkins
- Second time: Delmon Young, Francisco Liriano, Pat Neshek
- Third time: Matt Capps, Clay Condrey
- Fourth time: J.J. Hardy, Jason Repko
Perkins, Neshek, Condrey, Repko, and Hardy are candidates to be non-tendered due to injuries or poor performance. Aside from Hardy, our common refrain applies: these guys could be retained cheaply even though they're arbitration-eligible, so some might stay. In our August 17th poll, only 15.5% of you predicted Hardy will be non-tendered. A trade is one alternative, if the Twins find a new shortstop.
Slowey, Casilla, Young, Liriano, and Capps should be tendered contracts. Casilla should remain affordable. Slowey and Liriano could be in the $3MM range. Liriano's had his ups and downs, so despite the big platform year I wouldn't expect a huge payday. Young will be in good shape since he's working off a $2.6MM salary from this year. It's hard to find a past comparable for Capps, who was non-tendered after finishing a two-year deal, though he and Heath Bell might compare notes. Perhaps he'll get $6-7MM.