Twins avoid arbitration with infielder Casilla

Twins avoid arbitration with infielder Casilla

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins and infielder Alexi Casilla have agreed on a contract for 2011, avoiding arbitration for the versatile 26-year-old switch-hitter.

The Twins announced that the sides settled on an $865,000 deal.

Casilla batted .276 during the '10 season, his fifth with the Twins. He appeared in 69 games -- splitting duty at every infield position but first base, while also making an outfield appearance.

Casilla had been one of six Minnesota players eligible for salary arbitration. Remaining on the docket are Matt Capps, Francisco Liriano, Glen Perkins, Kevin Slowey and Delmon Young.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Change for a Nickel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.