MINNEAPOLIS — Proper-hander Kyle Gibson and left fielder Eddie Rosario had been amongst eight Minnesota Twins gamers who prevented wage arbitration by agreeing to one-year contracts Friday.
Gibson and Rosario acquired hefty raises. Gibson will earn $8,125,000, a rise from his 2018 wage of $four.2 million, whereas Rosario acquired $four.19 million for a rise from $602,500 final yr.
Additionally agreeing on contracts had been right-hander Jake Odorizzi for $9.5 million, up from $6.three million; heart fielder Byron Buxton for $1.75 million; third baseman Miguel Sano for $2,650,000, up from $602,500; proper fielder Max Kepler for $three,125,000, up from $587,500; left-hander Taylor Rogers for $1,525,000; and right-hander Trevor Could for $900,000.
Gibson lastly had the breakout yr in 2018 the Twins had been searching for since they drafted him within the first spherical in 2009. The lanky pitcher posted a three.62 ERA with 179 strikeouts in 196 2/three innings over 32 begins — all profession bests — and his three.9 wins above alternative was the very best mark on the workforce. Gibson misplaced his arbitration listening to earlier than final season, when the Twins supplied $four.2 million and he requested for $350,000 extra.
Rosario was the workforce’s finest on a regular basis participant for many of final season, till a strained quadriceps ruined his remaining month. He led the workforce with 24 homers, 87 runs and 77 RBIs in 136 video games. This marked Rosario’s first time being eligible for arbitration.
Odorizzi, who made $6.three million final yr after arriving in a commerce with Tampa Bay, was one in every of three pitchers for the Twins to make 32 begins in 2018. His four.49 ERA, although, was the very best for a full season in his main league profession.
Kepler, eligible for arbitration for the primary time, won the workforce’s defensive participant of the yr award after his third straight season because the common proper fielder. He by no means discovered a rhythm on the plate, batting a career-low .224, however he did set his massive league excessive with 20 house runs.
Sano’s 2018 season went thus far off observe that the slugging third baseman was despatched to the minors for reconditioning. He appeared in solely 71 video games for the Twins and batted simply .199 with 115 strikeouts.
Rogers, a first-time arbitration candidate, had a breakout yr within the bullpen in 2018 with a team-low 2.63 ERA. He completed the season on a consecutive scoreless streak of 26 innings from July 30 on, with 29 strikeouts and simply 10 hits and three walks allowed throughout that span.
Could made an encouraging return to the bullpen final yr from Tommy John surgical procedure that stored him out your complete 2017 season, with a three.20 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 25 1/three innings.
Buxton, the second choose within the 2012 draft, has but to make it by way of any of his 4 main league seasons with out occurring the disabled checklist or being despatched to the minors. Final yr was the speedy heart fielder’s worst but, when he broke a toe fouling a ball off his foot throughout a rehab project in April. Buxton appeared in solely 28 video games for the Twins and batted simply .156 with 28 strikeouts and three walks. Although he lastly acquired wholesome over the summer time, he was angered when he wasn’t included among the many September call-ups.