01/18/13 2:25 PM ET
Twins, Duensing agree on deal to avoid arbitration
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
The Twins were able to sign all of their arbitration-eligible players before Friday's noon CT deadline to exchange filing numbers, as they also signed catcher Drew Butera to a one-year deal worth $700,000 on Wednesday.
Right-hander Jared Burton avoided arbitration back in December, when he signed a two-year extension that includes an option for '15.
Duensing, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career, posted a 5.12 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 27 walks in 109 innings last season. The 29-year-old fared better in relief with a 3.47 ERA in 57 innings out of the bullpen compared to a 6.92 ERA in 52 frames as a starter.
In parts of four seasons, Duensing has a career 4.23 ERA in 164 appearances, including 61 starts. His best season came in 2010, when he had a 2.62 ERA in 130 2/3 innings.
He's expected to be the club's top left-handed setup reliever in '13, with fellow left-hander Glen Perkins serving as closer.