Santiago among 4 Twins to avoid arbitration

Right-handers Gibson, Kintzler and Pressly also sign one-year contracts

Santiago among 4 Twins to avoid arbitration

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins avoided arbitration with all four of their eligible players on Friday, signing Hector Santiago, Brandon Kintzler, Kyle Gibson and Ryan Pressly to one-year deals, according to a Major League source. The club has not confirmed the deals.

Santiago agreed at $8 million, Kintzler at $2.925 million, Gibson at $2.9 million and Pressly at $1.125.

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Santiago, who made $5 million last year, posted a 4.70 ERA with 144 strikeouts and 79 walks in 182 innings. The 29-year-old lefty was acquired by the Twins at the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline in the deal that sent Ricky Nolasco to the Angels. Minnesota also sent $4 million to the Angels as part of the deal, which is exactly the difference between their two salaries in 2017, with Nolasco set to make $12 million.

Kintzler, 32, is coming off a solid season in which he filled in as closer with Glen Perkins out due to shoulder surgery. Kintzler posted a 3.15 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings, while registering 17 saves in 20 chances. He gets a raise on his base salary of $1.075 million last year, when he was signed to a Minor League deal before the season. Like Santiago, he'll also be a free agent after the season.

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Gibson, eligible for arbitration for the first time, posted a 5.07 ERA with 104 strikeouts and 55 walks in 147 1/3 innings in 2016. He made $587,500 last year.

Gibson looking to improve in '17

Pressly, also in his first year of arbitration, posted a 3.70 ERA with 67 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings last year and he figures to be a big part of Minnesota's bullpen in 2017. The former Rule 5 Draft pick has a career 3.55 ERA in 208 innings and he earned $520,000 last season.

The Twins haven't been to an arbitration hearing since 2006 with right-hander Kyle Lohse.

Minnesota already agreed to a deal with shortstop Eduardo Escobar, signing him for $2.6 million in December. Trevor Plouffe and Tommy Milone were also eligible for arbitration, but they were outrighted early in the offseason.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.