La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins, Young avoid arbitration

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 16, 2011 - 8:35 AM

The Twins and outfielder Delmon Young have agreed to a one-year, $5.375 million deal to avoid arbitration. Young was the Twins'  last remaining arbitration case.

Young had filed for $6.25 million while the Twins filed for $4.65 million.  With the sides staring at a Friday arbitration hearing in Arizona, Young agreed to a deal that is $75,000 under the midpoint.

Young batted. 298 with 21 homers and a team-high 112 RBI last season. He also led the team with 46 doubles.

The Twins now have just over $110 million wrapped up in 19 players. The remainder of the roster should consist of players with zero to three years of experience. There's a chance the Twins' payroll should approach $113-115 million




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