December 11, 2007

Twins Sign Monroe

A day before the deadline to offer contracts to arbitration eligible players, the Twins cut their number of players from seven to six. Late tonight, the Twins and Craig Monroe agreed to a one-year deal that will pay Monroe $3.82 million plus incentives.

This deal is not totally guaranteed. If the Twins let Monroe go up until 16 days before the season starts, the Twins will pay him only $636,667. If Monroe makes the Opening Day roster, the whole contract becomes guaranteed.

Also, the contract includes two incentives. One pays him $155,000 if he reaches 450 plate appearances and the other pays him $25,000 if he is named comeback player of the year.

The deadline to offer contracts to players is tomorrow, and the Twins now have Justin Morneau, Juan Rincon, Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer, Matt Guerrier and Jason Tyner still left.

Information from Joe C.