Twins avoid arbitration with Kevin Jepsen for $5.3 million

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Right-hander Kevin Jepsen and the Twins have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.3125 million contract.

Jepsen submitted a $5.4 million request and the Twins countered at $5.05 million, so the settlement is a lot more favorable for the 31-year-old reliever. He’ll be a free agent after the season.

Jepsen pitched very well for the Twins down the stretch after being acquired from the Rays on July 31 and even stepped into the closer role for an injured Glen Perkins. If healthy Perkins will begin this season back at closer, but Jepsen will be his primary setup man and could find himself in save situations at some point.