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12/15/2005 2:56 PM ET
Twins agree to terms with Tony Batista
Twins also agree to terms with Shawn Wooten on a minor league contract
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MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have agreed to terms with third baseman Tony Batista on a one-year contract.

Batista, 32, spent the 2005 season playing for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Japanese Pacific League. He batted .263 (147-559) with 78 runs scored, 29 doubles, one triple, 27 homers and 90 rbi in 135 games. He was third in the Pacific League in hits and doubles, was fifth in rbi and seventh in home runs.

Originally signed by the Oakland A's as a non-drafted free agent in 1991, Batista has spent eight-plus seasons in the Major Leagues with Oakland, Arizona, Toronto, Baltimore and Montreal. He has a career batting average of .251 (1078-4289) with 591 runs scored, 211 doubles, 17 triples, 214 homers and 681 rbi in 1179 games. The two-time All-Star (2000 & 2002) had his finest season in 2000 when he established career-highs in hits (163), homers (41) and rbi (114). Since 1999 (excluding his Japanese League stats), Batista has hit 186 home runs and driven in 597 rbi for an average of 31 homers and 99.5 rbi per-season.

The Twins also announced today that they have agreed to terms with catcher Shawn Wooten on a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Wooten, 33, batted .267 (114-427) with 20 doubles, 17 homers and 60 rbi in 114 games for Pawtucket (AAA, International League) in 2005. His contract was selected by Boston on May 20 and played in one game before being designated for assignment on May 27.

Wooten was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 18th round of the June, 1993 free agent draft and has spent three-plus seasons in the big leagues with Anaheim, Philadelphia and Boston. Wooten has a career batting average of .272 (182-669) with 28 doubles, one triple, 18 homers and 86 rbi in 267 games.

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