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Updated: January 17th, 2012 10:16am
Twins avoid arbitration with Glen Perkins, Francisco Liriano

Twins avoid arbitration with Glen Perkins, Francisco Liriano

by Phil Mackey
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Tuesday is the deadline for major league teams to exchange salary figures with arbitration-eligible players.

For the Minnesota Twins that list includes Glen Perkins, Alexi Casilla and Francisco Liriano.

A baseball source confirmed Tuesday morning the Twins and Perkins avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $1.55 million salary in 2012 -- up from Perkins' $700,000 figure in 2011.

ESPN's Enrique Rojas reported Liriano and the Twins agreed to a $5.5 million salary for 2012.

Casilla, who earned $865,000 last season, is expected to earn over $1 million through the arbitration process.

If teams and players can't reach an agreement, arbitration hearings begin in February. But over the last decade, the Twins have settled all but four cases prior to seeing a judge (Kyle Lohse twice, Johan Santana and Matt Lawton).

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