Liriano gets $4.3M, avoids arbitration

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Minneapolis, MN - The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with pitcher Francisco Liriano on a one-year, $4.3 million contract, avoiding arbitration.

The 27-year-old was 14-10 with a 3.62 earned-run average 31 starts last season for the Twins. He recorded a career-best 201 strikeouts in 191 2/3 innings, while walking only 58, and also established career-highs in wins and starts.

The left-hander bounced back from a 2009 season during which he went 5-13 with a 5.80 ERA in 29 games, 24 as a starter, to win Comeback Player of the Year honors in the American League.

Liriano has compiled a 38-32 career mark with a 3.97 ERA in 108 games -- 89 as a starter -- over five seasons with the Twins. He missed the 2007 campaign and worked in only 14 games the following year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.


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