Twins, Liriano Avoid Arbitration

The Twins have agreed to terms with pitcher Francisco Liriano on a one-year, $4.3MM deal, avoiding arbitration, according to a team press release.  The left-hander is represented by Legacy Sports.

This one-year deal marks a signficant raise for Liriano, who skirted arbitration with the Twins last year for $1.6MM.  The two sides met exactly in the middle this time as the pitcher asked for $5MM and the club countered with an offer of $3.6MM.  This offseason was Liriano's second go-round as an arb-eligible player.

Liriano, 27, turned in a 3.62 ERA with 9.4 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 31 starts last season.  According to MLBTR's Arb Tracker, the Twins have just one more unsettled case to tackle in outfielder Delmon Young


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