Perkins, Liriano get raises; Twins talking with Casilla

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2012 - 6:38 AM

The Twins avoided arbitration with lefthanders Francisco Liriano and Glen Perkins and exchanged figures with infielder Alexi Casilla on Tuesday.

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jkidd2624Jan. 17, 12 8:47 PM

Wow. How Liriano gets a raise for the abortion of a season the attempted to throw last year is beyond me. He should have given the Twins back money for how terrible he pitched. Apparently sub .500 and an ERA above a handful is raise material to the Twins. Here's to another hapless season at Target!

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lloyd55423Jan. 17, 12 9:20 PM

To abandon ship before all paying customers were accounted for is inexcusable. This captain deserves the most severe punishment possible. My sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of this horrible tragedy.

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william16Jan. 17, 12 9:24 PM

Now we know where the Twins' increase in spring training ticket prices is going: to pay for Frankie L's 27% raise, despite last year's stinker season. Did anyone else reading this get a 27% raise last year? Or even a double-digit raise? No wonder there's not a stronger championship drive on this team. Between retaining failed GM's (Billy Smith) and handsomely rewarding so-so pitchers, the Twins are a bunch of overpaid patsies.

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firefly70Jan. 17, 12 9:47 PM

Yeah, I'm scratching my head on the contract given to Liriano. I thought pay raises were supposed to be given for actually having good/great production in the previous year - at least that's how it's usually done at most jobs. Same with Alexi Casilla, I'm not sure how a person can actually think they should get their pay DOUBLED for having a mediocre year, at best. Really? He played in less than 60% of the games. He had ELEVEN fielding errors in only 92 games; think how many he would have had if he would've played in 150+ games! Along with a BA of only .260 and almost twice as many strikeouts as BB? How can a player ask for double their previous salary with those types of numbers and keep a straight face? Heck! I'm laughing right now as I type this! Yes, I understand the players/agents need to have somewhat high salary numbers for arbitration purposes, but really?!? C'mon! The only one of the three mentioned in this article that is actually worthy of the pay increase is Glen Perkins.

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Zekeman10Jan. 17, 1210:05 PM

Professional baseball, and paying for the players that play it, are governed by a different set of rules that most people, including me, will never understand. Unfortunately, raises for guys that have bad years is common place with all major league teams, not just the Twins. If a hollywood star has a clinker of a movie, their rate doesn't go down right away, either. String a bunch of clinkers together, though, then you get the price to drop, or producers find you less often to be in your movies. This is the entertainment field, too - and thinking their pay will go down, when there are so few people that can do what they do, isn't too realistic. It's painful for Joe Everyman like you and me to comprehend, but that is the reality, I guess.

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sniggleJan. 17, 1211:02 PM

I wish I could get a raise in my job after having a horrible year!! Pro Sports is so Ridiculous!

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shpadoinkleJan. 18, 12 3:43 AM

Makes me sick, these salaries. Whats even sicker is I continue to spend my time and money supporting these guys. Maybe I need a 12 step program to break free?

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turgidJan. 18, 12 7:49 AM

I don't get the Liriano raise. That's a lot of cash to have tied up in a 9-10 arm.

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smartyy1Jan. 18, 12 8:01 AM

Based on his brilliant 2011 performance, Perkins is the only Twin who deserves a raise. Most notable, he has proven he should be the closer. Lirano's no hitter: The ugliest in MLB history. I guess the Twins reward pitchers based on the number of BBs they give up. Lirano is one of the dumbest pitchers in MLB and will only be worse in 2012.

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busboybillJan. 18, 12 8:04 AM

this is how baseball is run these days and why tax payers are screwed into paying for stadiums so clubs can pay these out landish prices. Thats why I cannot afford to go to a stadium I am forced to pay for

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