For the eighth consecutive season, the Twins will not need an arbitration hearing to settle on contracts for their eligible players. All three such players — third baseman Trevor Plouffe, righthander Anthony Swarzak and lefthander Brian Duensing — agreed to one-year contracts on Friday.
Plouffe agreed to a salary of $2.35 million, the team announced Friday, more than four times his 2013 pay of $520,000, after a season in which the 27-year-old former first-round pick batted .254 in 129 games, with 14 home runs and a .309 on-base percentage.
Duensing, in his second year of arbitration eligibility, will earn $2 million, a raise of $700,000 from his 2013 salary of $1.3 million. The former starter, who turns 31 next month, posted a 3.98 ERA in 61 innings last year, his first in which he worked exclusively out of the bullpen.
Swarzak’s salary will be $935,000 in 2014, an 86 percent raise over the $502,500 he was paid in 2013. Swarzak, 28, had a 2.91 ERA in 96 innings last year and developed into a dependable long reliever, but openly longed for a return to the starting rotation. He’ll get a chance to earn the job in spring training, and if he makes 10 starts this year, will earn an additional $25,000.
Players can file for arbitration after three seasons, in general (some players with close to three years are eligible). The Twins have not needed a hearing before an arbitrator since 2006, when they lost a case to pitcher Kyle Lohse.
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|NY Mets - LP: D. Gee||0|
|Philadelphia - WP: S. Gonzalez||6||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: J. Cosart||2|
|Toronto - LP: J. Francis||7||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: M. Rzepczynski||10|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto||0||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||5|
|Tampa Bay - LP: S. Geltz||2||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: T. Hunter||4|
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Danks||3||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: R. Pressly||13|
|Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez||6||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Guthrie||4|
|Seattle - LP: C. Smith||6||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: P. Neshek||7|
|Pittsburgh - LP: R. Liz||2||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Socolovich||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: W. Smith||5||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop||3|
|Oakland - WP: S. Gray||7||FINAL|
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|LA Angels - LP: J. Weaver||0||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: T. Lincecum||5|
|Colorado - LP: K. Kendrick||6||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: J. Shields||8|
|Arizona - LP: E. Marshall||0||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: J. Howell||1|
|NY Yankees - WP: A. Warren||8||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: J. Kelly||5|
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