Twins, Casilla avoid arbitration

MINNNEAPOLIS — The Twins agreed to terms with Alexi Casilla on a one-year contract worth $1,382,500 to avoid arbitration, the club announced today.

Casilla, 27, filed his arbitration figure at $1.75 million, while the Twins offered $1.065 million, meaning Casilla settled $25,000 below the midpoint to avoid an arbitration hearing.

Casilla, who batted .260 with a .322 on-base percentage and .368 slugging percentage in 97 games in 2011, made $865,000 last year. He missed 57 of the Twins’ final 58 games because of a strained right hamstring

After the season, Casilla also hit .336 with an .831 OPS during 31 regular season games for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League before hitting .397 with a .946 OPS in 17 playoff games.

Casilla was the last of the club’s three arbitration-eligible players to avoid arbitration. The Twins avoided arbitration with left-handers Francisco Liriano and Glen Perkins by signing them to one-year deals worth $5.5 million and $1.55 million, respectively, on Jan. 17.

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

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