Three Twins agree to deals

  • Updated: January 17, 2014 - 8:12 PM

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.

PHIL MILLER

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