Twins and Brian Duensing agree to one-year deal to avoid arbitration

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The Twins and reliever Brian Duensing have agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that the deal is worth $1.7 million.

Duensing requested a $3.1 million salary for 2015 and was offered $2.4 million by the Twins when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, so the two sides ultimately settled just below the midpoint. The southpaw said there was no discussion about a multi-year deal.

Duensing couldn’t cut it as a starter, but he has been useful and durable as a middle reliever over the past two seasons, posting a 3.67 ERA (110 ERA+) in 115 1/3 innings over 135 appearances. He turns 32 next month and can become a free agent after the 2015 season.