The Twins have avoided arbitration with lefthander Brian Duensing by agreeing on a one-year $1.3 million contract. The Twins now have signed all their arbitration eligible players.
Duensing was 4-12 with a 5.12 ERA last season. He was more effective as a reliever than a starter. The Twins, nevertheless, asked Duensing to work on getting comfortable with the full windup during offseason to give them another option for the rotation. Duensing, 29, has given up over 10 hits per nine innings in each of the past two seasons.
Drew Butera and Jared Burton also were eligible for arbitration, but Butera singed earlier this week and Burton was locked up to a two-year, $5.5 million deal last month.
The Twins continue to search for starting pitching. Many of us reported that the Twins were back in the Joe Saunders sweepstakes earlier in the week. That doesn't appear to be the case now.