By Joe Christensen
With eight players eligible for arbitration, the Twins appear to be paring down that list.
They reached agreement on a one-year deal with shortstop J.J. Hardy worth about $5 million, with incentives for plate appearances, a person familiar with the negotiations told our La Velle Neal today.
Other players eligible for arbitration include Carl Pavano, Matt Guerrier, Delmon Young, Francisco Liriano, Jesse Crain, Pat Neshek and Brendan Harris. Today is the day arbitration figures are released, which usually spurs a few settlements, so we’ll post updates as we learn them.
Update: Hardy’s deal is for $5.1 million, according to La Velle’s source.
Update: The Twins have agreed to a $2.6 million deal with Young, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The deal includes up to $50,000 in performance incentives. Young made $1.15 million last season.
Update: The Twins agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal with Carl Pavano, La Velle confirmed with a person familiar with the negotiations.
Update: A team source has confirmed that the team has agreements with all eight of these arbitration eligible players. We are working to get the terms for Liriano, Neshek, Guerrier, Harris and Crain.
Update: Guerrier gets $3.15 million, more than doubling his salary. He made $1.475 million last year, posting a 2.36 ERA in 79 G.
Update: Harris agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million contract with up to $650,000 in incentives. Harris gets $1.45 million in base salary this year and $1.75 million in 2011.
Update: Neshek gets $625,000 with $75,000 in incentives after missing all of 2009 recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Update: Liriano’s deal is for $1.6 million, and Crain’s deal is for $2 million. Harris was only Twin to receive a multi-yr deal today.