02/05/11 5:07 PM EST
Liriano, Twins come to terms on one-year deal
Minnesota avoids arbitration with lefty, who signs $4.3 million pact
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
Liriano and the club managed to split the difference between their respective salary proposals, leaving Delmon Young as the club's lone remaining arbitration-eligible player.
Liriano, who requested $5 million and was offered $3.6 million as part of the arbitration process, went 14-10 with a 3.26 ERA last year en route to his designation as the American League's Comeback Player of the Year. The left-hander posted scoreless streaks of 23 and 21 innings last season, and he also set a personal best by winning eight straight decisions.
The season was a triumphant one for Liriano, whose once-promising career had been derailed by an elbow injury. The southpaw, who was originally acquired along with Joe Nathan from San Francisco in exchange for A.J. Pierzynski, went 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA for Minnesota in 2006, but wound up sidelined and with a need for ligament replacement surgery.
Liriano missed all of the 2007 season while recovering from the corrective procedure, and he experienced mixed results upon his return in '08. Liriano worked to a 5.80 ERA while shuttling between starting and relief roles in '09, and then snapped back to success last year, when he logged more strikeouts (201) than hits allowed (184) over 31 starts.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.