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Updated: November 24th, 2010 12:24am
Twins offer arbitration to Pavano, Crain, Hudson, pass on three others

Twins offer arbitration to Pavano, Crain, Hudson, pass on three others

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Prior to Tuesday night's deadline, the Minnesota Twins offered salary arbitration to Type-A free agent Carl Pavano, and Type-B free agents second baseman Orlando Hudson and right-hander Jesse Crain.

The Twins declined to offer arbitration to Type-A free agent Matt Guerrier, and Type-B free agents John Rauch and Brian Fuentes.

Teams had until 11:00 Tuesday night to offer arbitration to their own free agents. Those players have until November 30 to accept or decline.

If Pavano declines arbitration -- a figure that could wind up in the $10 million range -- and signs with a new team, the Twins would receive that team's first-round draft pick in 2011, plus a sandwich pick.

Because Pavano, 34, is expected to be one of the more sought-after free agent pitchers on the market, he is likely to turn down the arbitration offer.

If Crain or Hudson decline arbitration and sign elsewhere, the Twins would receive a sandwich pick.

Guerrier, Rauch and Fuentes are all free to sign with whichever team they choose.

As for Guerrier, specifically, it's possible -- if not likely -- he could still wind up in Minnesota. The right-hander earned $3.1 million last season, and the Twins likely felt like offering him arbitration wasn't worth the risk of paying him $4-5 million.

From Guerrier's standpoint, he almost certainly would have accepted arbitration, because as a Type-A free agent he was unlikely to attract much interest.

If this is indeed the end of the Guerrier era for the Twins, they definitely got plenty of mileage out of him -- 472 innings, a 3.38 ERA and 310 strikeouts since 2004.

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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