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Twins avoid arbitration with eight players

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have avoided arbitration with eight players, agreeing to one-year deals with all of their remaining arbitration-eligible players.

Friday, Jan. 11, at noon was the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures for next season.

Byron Buxton inked a deal worth $1.75 million while third baseman Miguel Sano got a pay bump to $2.65 million with a reported additional $50,000 bonus based on plate appearances.

Kyle Gibson, who the Twins beat in arbitration last year, signed deal worth $8.125 million, up from $4.2 million after a solid 2018 campaign in which he posted a 3.62 earned-run average in nearly 200 innings pitched.

Fellow starter Jake Odorizzi also got a sizable bump, going from $6.3 million a season ago to $9.5 million in 2019.

Outfielders Max Kepler ($3.125 million) and Eddie Rosario also agreed to terms ($4.19 million), as did relievers Taylor Rogers ($1.525 million) and Trevor May ($900,000).