Twins avoid arbitration with Punto

Twins avoid arbitration with Punto

The Minnesota Twins reduced their number of arbitration-eligible players to one on Tuesday by agreeing to terms with infielder Nick Punto on a one-year deal.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Punto had been seeking $850,000 with the Twins offering him $625,000.

Punto, 28, batted .239 (94-for-394) with 18 doubles, four triples and 26 RBIs in 112 games for the Twins last season. It was a breakout year of sorts for the young infielder in 2005 as his 13 stolen bases ranked second on the team and Punto established career highs in almost every offensive category.

The Twins acquired Punto in 2003 from Philadelphia in a trade that also included pitchers Carlos Silva and Bobby Korecky.

With the signing of Punto, the only Twin that remains arbitration-eligible is pitcher Kyle Lohse. Lohse is asking for $3.95 million while the Twins have offered him $3.4 million.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.