Twins avoid arbitration with Jepsen, claim LHP Strong
JAN 22, 3:22p ET | FOX Sports North
Rotowire: Jan 22 / 12:42p ET
News: Jepsen agreed to a one-year, $5.3125 million deal with the Twins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Jepsen notched 15 saves between the Rays and Twins during the 2015 season, receiving an opportunity with the Twins following an injury to normal closer Glen Perkins. Jepsen should return to a setup role out of spring training, but would likely get the first shake at replacing Perkins should he falter or get injured.
StatsLLC: Jan 22 / 12:00a ET
News: Jepsen have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $5,312,500.
Impact: The agreement, announced Friday, gives the pitcher a raise of more than $2 million from his earnings of $3,025,000 last year. The settlement was above the $5,225,000 midpoint between the $5.4 million he had asked for and the $5.05 million Minnesota had offered when the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last week. Jepsen was acquired last summer from Tampa Bay Rays and had a 1.61 ERA in 29 appearances with the Twins.