Alexi Casilla, Twins avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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Alexi Casilla and the Twins won’t be going through with an arbitration hearing, instead agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1,382,500.

Casilla filed for $1.75 million and the Twins countered at $1.065 million, so the two sides settled at $25,000 below the midpoint.

Casilla, who hit .260 with two homers and a .691 OPS in 97 games last year and has never played even 100 games in a season, will be the Twins’ starting second baseman and is under team control for 2013 as well.

This figures to be a make-or-break season for Casilla, because the 27-year-old’s usual production seemingly wouldn’t warrant keeping him around through another sizable raise in 2013, let alone signing him to a multi-year extension.

Freddie Freeman’s X-rays come back negative

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The Braves got a scare last night after first baseman Freddie Freeman was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was doubly scary given that, less than a year ago, the same wrist was fractured when Aaron Loup plunked him last year, causing Freeman to miss over a month and a half.

Good news, though: the Braves just announced that Freeman’s X-rays are negative and that he’s day-to-day.

On the season, Freeman is batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.