Minnesota has officially avoided arbitration for 2016, wrapping up its final outstanding case with third baseman Trevor Plouffe by agreeing to a one-year, $7.25 million deal.
Plouffe requested $7.95 million and the Twins countered at $7 million, so the settlement comes on the team-friendly side of the midpoint by more than $200,000.
Plouffe is coming off a typical season, hitting .244 with 22 homers and a .742 OPS in 152 games to nearly match his .728 career OPS. Improved defense at third base makes him an above-average all-around starter, but at age 30 and with Miguel Sano around as a potential replacement there was some speculation that the Twins could look to trade Plouffe.
Instead they’ve decided to keep Plouffe–who’ll be arbitration eligible for the final time in 2017–and move Sano to the outfield.