Twins, Casilla agree on one-year contract

Twins, Casilla agree on one-year contract

Twins, Casilla agree on one-year contract
MINNNEAPOLIS -- The Twins agreed to terms with Alexi Casilla on a one-year contract worth $1.3825 million to avoid arbitration, the club announced Wednesday.

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 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, not having gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since pitcher Kyle Lohse in 2006.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.