January 2012

Joel Zumaya’s contract info

MINNEAPOLIS — It’s been widely reported that Joel Zumaya’s one-year deal with the Twins is worth $800,o00 with incentives that could push it to $1.8 million, but here are the full details of his contract.

Zumaya is actually set to make $850,000, but is only guaranteed $400,000, which means that’s how much the club will pay him if they decide to cut him during Spring Training. Zumaya, however, only has to prove his healthy, as he’s nearly a lock to make the team as long as he doesn’t get hurt.

He has bonuses based on appearances, as he gets $50,000 for pitching in 30 games, $50,000 for 35 games, $100,000 for 40 games, $125,000 for 45 games, $150,000 for 50 games, $200,000 for 55 games and $250,00 for 60 games.

Zumaya’s career high in games pitched is 62, which was set in his rookie season in 2006. Since then, however, Zumaya has only reached the 30-game mark once, which was in 2010 when he appeared in 31 games.

But if he were to stay healthy and pitch in more than 60 games, he’d make an additional $900,000, which would bring his salary to $1.75 million.

Additionally, he would receive $25,000 for being named an All-Star, $50,000 for being the ALCS MVP and $100,000 for being World Series MVP.

He’d also get $100,000 for winning the Rolaids Relief Man Award. He’d receive $75,000 for a second-place finish, or $50,000 for a third-place showing.

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Twins, Perkins avoid arbitration

WAHPETON, N.D. — The Twins and left-hander Glen Perkins avoided arbitration today, as they agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.55 million, according to a Major League source familiar with the negotiations.

Perkins, 28, had a career year in 2011, posting a 2.48 ERA with 65 strikeouts, 21 walks and just two homers allowed in 61 2/3 innings. He made $700,000 last season.

Left-hander Francisco Liriano and second baseman Alexi Casilla are also eligible for arbitration, with the deadline for exchanging contracts today at noon CT.

Liriano, who posted a 5.09 ERA with 112 strikeouts, 75 walks and 14 homers allowed in 134 1/3 innings in ‘11, avoided arbitration last season by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4.3 million. And Casilla also avoided arbitration last year, signing a one-year, $865,000 contract. He batted .260 with a .322 on-base percentage and .368 slugging percentage in 97 games in ’11.

The Twins have avoided arbitration hearings in recent years, as they haven’t gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since going to arbitration in 2005 and 2006 with Kyle Lohse.

Jason Marquis contract details

MINNEAPOLIS — The Jason Marquis signing became official right before Christmas, but I recently found out the full details on the one-year, $3 million deal he signed with the Twins.

Marquis has bonuses based on how many innings he pitches, as he gets $100,000 for reaching 170 innings pitched, $150,000 for 180 innings pitched, $100,000 for 190 innings pitched and $150,000 for 200 innings pitched.

So if Marquis reaches the 200-inning plateau for the fourth time in his career — and for the first time since ’09 — he would get $500,000 in bonuses.

Additionally, he would receive $25,000 for being named an All-Star, $50,000 for being the ALCS MVP and $100,000 for being World Series MVP.

And like most pitchers, he also has a range of bonuses if he wins the Cy Young, MVP or a Gold Glove. He’s never received votes for either award and has never won a Gold Glove, but was named an All-Star in ’09 with the Cardinals.

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