Twins Agree to Terms with Five Players, Non-Tender Rosario, Wisler
Image courtesy of Peter Aiken, USA TodayWith the news on Monday night from Ken Rosenthal that the Twins had placed on Eddie Rosario on outright waivers, we knew what would happen on Tuesday. He cleared waivers at 1 pm meaning other teams passed on him at his potential arbitration salary. At that point, the Twins officially non-tendered him.
The surprise decision on this night was non-tendering Matt Wisler. The Twins claimed Wisler off waivers a year ago and agreed to an arbitration deal with him. He responded with a breakout season. The 28-year-old posted a 1.07 ERA and 12.4 K/9 over 25 1/3 innings. He threw a ton of sliders and became reliable in any role the Twins gave him from low-leverage, to Opener, to closer.
The decision is interesting because Wisler likely would have been in line for a raise to somewhere between $1.4 and $1.8 million. Not a huge number. And the Twins have lost Tyler Clippard, Sergio Romo and now officially Trevor May to free agency this offseason. While they have claimed Ian Gibaut and Brandon Waddell, and they signed Derek Law to a minor league contract, Wisler on a reasonable salary certainly would not have been a stretch.
The Twins will not go to arbitration with any players this offseason, however, as they agreed to terms with each of their other arbitration-eligible players.
Caleb Thielbar signed early in the day for $650,000.
Mitch Garver, in his first year of arbitration, agreed to a $1.875 million deal.
Arbitration Salary Estimates: Twins Daily: $2M | MLBTR: $1.9M
Tyler Duffey was eligible for a second time, and he will earn $2.2 million in 2021.
Arbitration Salary Estimates: TD: $2.5M | MLBTR: $2.6M
Byron Buxton agreed to a deal at $5.125 million in his third of four arbitration seasons.
Arbitration Salary Estimates: TD: $6M | MLBTR: $5.9M
Jose Berrios got $6.1 million which included a $500,000 signing bonus
Arbitration Salary Estimates: TD: $7.5M | MLBTR: $7.5M
Finally, the Twins have reportedly agreed to terms with Taylor Rogers, though the terms of the contract have not yet been released.
Arbitration Salary Estimates: TD: $7M | MLBTR: $6.9M
We wondered aloud on Offseason Live if that might mean that the two sides have agreed to a multi-year contract? Nope.
For an hour worth of much, much deeper analysis on these arbitration/tender deadline decisions, watch the below episode of Offseason Live!
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