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Updated: February 15th, 2012 9:50am
Twins avoid arbitration with Alexi Casilla, who will earn $1.38 mil

Twins avoid arbitration with Alexi Casilla, who will earn $1.38 mil

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday they have agreed to a one-year, $1.38 million deal with Alexi Casilla, avoiding arbitration with the 27-year-old infielder.

Casilla hit .260/.322/.368 with a career-high 21 doubles and 15 stolen bases in 365 plate appearances last season, but he missed most of the second half of the year with a strained hamstring.

The $1.38 million salary mark is just slightly shy of the midway point between what Casilla filed ($1.75 million) and what the Twins filed ($1.065 million). Casilla earned $865,000 in his first year of arbitration eligibility last year.

Heading into spring training, Casilla is penciled in as the starting second baseman, but he has yet to play more than 98 games in a season since being called up to the big leagues in 2006. The Twins are hoping he shows more consistency and durability in 2012.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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