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Report: José Berríos turns down contract extension offer from Twins

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Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports that the Twins made starter José Berríos a contract extension offer this winter, but the right-hander and his agent declined. The Twins renewed his contract at slightly more than the $555,000 major league minimum salary.

Berríos said on Wednesday, “Every player wants to sign a multiyear deal, but we know it’s a business. I have to manage my business, too. … We’re waiting for the best for both sides. If it doesn’t happen this year, maybe next year.”

Berríos, 24, will enter his first of three years of arbitration eligibility after the 2019 season. He has impressed over his two full seasons in the majors, posting a 3.89 ERA in 2017 and a 3.84 ERA last year. He also struck out 202 batters against 61 walks in 192 1/3 innings in last season’s All-Star-worthy campaign.

The Twins extended both Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco exactly one month ago. Kepler agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal while Polanco inked a five-year, $25.75 million pact.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.