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.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.