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.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”