Twins Avoid Arbitration With Alexi Casilla

The Twins and Alexi Casilla have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $865K, tweets SI.com's Jon Heyman. It was his first time eligible for arbitration.

Casilla, 26, missed almost two months of the 2010 season after having surgery to remove bone spurs from his throwing elbow. When he was on the field, he hit .276/.331/.395 in 170 plate appearances, a nice rebound from a .202/.280/.259 effort in 2009. The departures of J.J. Hardy, Orlando Hudson, and Brendan Harris have created an opening for Casilla to get regular playing at one of the middle infield spots. New pick-up Tsuyoshi Nishioka will handle the other spot.

MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker shows that the Twins still have five players eligible for arbitration: Matt Capps, Kevin Slowey, Glen Perkins, Delmon Young, and Francisco Liriano.


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20 Comments on "Twins Avoid Arbitration With Alexi Casilla"


wintwins
4 years 7 months ago

I’m excited to see what Casilla can do with an everyday spot

$1529282
4 years 7 months ago

Ugh. See: 2009.

wintwins
4 years 7 months ago

you consider 80 games a good sample? he played more games in 2008 and performed quite well really

4 years 7 months ago

I consider the 2009 season’s 80 games a good sample when that’s basically how long he played before being demoted from a starting role due to ineffective play. In 2008 he began the year playing a limited role and took over later. Also was demoted to AAA in 2007 after initially failing when handed a starting role. Looking at the history, its been where ‘Lexi started the year that determined how well he played, hopefully this year is different.

4 years 7 months ago

I consider the 2009 season’s 80 games a good sample when that’s basically how long he played before being demoted from a starting role due to ineffective play. In 2008 he began the year playing a limited role and took over later. Also was demoted to AAA in 2007 after initially failing when handed a starting role. Looking at the history, its been where ‘Lexi started the year that determined how well he played, hopefully this year is different.

wintwins
4 years 7 months ago

you consider 80 games a good sample? he played more games in 2008 and performed quite well really

$1529282
4 years 7 months ago

Ugh. See: 2009.

4 years 7 months ago

Don’t know all that much about him, but I’ve never been a big fan of him. IIRC, I’ve heard a few times he has poor work ethic, and that just wouldn’t fly with me. Cheap signing though, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

wintwins
4 years 7 months ago

I think the poor work ethic days are behind him he got sent to AAA for something related to this. Also if there is one team that wouldnt let poor work ethic fly with its the Twins

0vercast
4 years 7 months ago

This is true. He was banished to AAA for a few months in ’09 for half-assed efforts in the field and at the plate. He put up a .340/.379/.449 line in his AAA stint and seems to have put his attitude demons behind him. Gardy seems to like him now, and that’s why he’s gonna get another chance.

0vercast
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve attended 4 games in a little more than 2 seasons that ended with walk off singles from Alexi. He’s clutch when it counts! There isn’t another Twins with as many walk-offs in that span.

Game #159 or so in ’08 vs CWS
Game #2 in ’09 vs. SEA
***Game #163 in ’09 vs DET***
Game #161 in ’10 vs. TOR

4 years 7 months ago

Well, if you aren’t going to get many hits, you’d better make them count.

Jesse Lund
4 years 7 months ago

Nobody plays badly and gets cheered. On the other hand, you could be a future Hall of Famer in New York and still get rotten fruit.

4 years 7 months ago

theres a difference between doing bad and having a bad work eithic

stl_cards16
4 years 7 months ago

Poor work ethic has nothing to do with the results. The people that “do bad” in Minnesota that still get cheered are the people with good work ethic that work hard to improve.

wintwins
4 years 7 months ago

the Yankees are the one team that would accept a bad work ethic as long as they performed

0vercast
4 years 7 months ago

Those fans who are super quick to boo, spit, and cuss are why many players are scared to death of playing for the Yankees and why those who don’t have a thick-skinned mental makeup tend to underachieve.

Jesse Lund
4 years 7 months ago

Good distinction to make. Either way, this is a make or break season for Casilla. Something has to give.

CommissionerBart
4 years 7 months ago

Players with a bad work ethic are not capable of performing at their peak. They are cheating their fans and their employers. Their attitude and their coasting also may drag down their teammates’ performance somewhat. A smartly-run team shouldn’t put up with a bad attitude, poor conditioning, lack of commitment to practicing to sharpen one’s skills, etc.

CommissionerBart
4 years 7 months ago

Players with a bad work ethic are not capable of performing at their peak. They are cheating their fans and their employers. Their attitude and their coasting also may drag down their teammates’ performance somewhat. A smartly-run team shouldn’t put up with a bad attitude, poor conditioning, lack of commitment to practicing to sharpen one’s skills, etc.