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02/16/11 1:38 PM EST

Delmon, Twins avoid arbitration

Outfielder agrees to $5.375 million deal for 2011 season

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Outfielder Delmon Young and the Twins have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $5.375 million contract.

The salary is slightly under the midpoint of what the two sides sought in arbitration. Young had asked for $6.25 million, and the Twins filed for $4.65 million. The midpoint of those two figures was $5.45 million.

Young, 25, is coming off a breakthrough season with the Twins in 2010, in which he batted .298 with 21 home runs and a team-high 112 RBIs. He made $2.6 million last season.

Young had been the Twins' lone remaining arbitration-eligible player, and the two sides had been staring at an arbitration hearing in Phoenix on Friday.

But with Young's deal now in place, the club will once again avoid having to go through any arbitration hearings. The Twins have not gone to arbitration with a player since Kyle Lohse in 2006.

"[Going to arbitration] is not ideal for anybody," said Twins general manager Bill Smith said. "Going to arbitration doesn't mean you don't like each other, it just means you haven't agreed on a salary. In this case, we're very pleased we were able agree on a salary for the coming season and move on so we can get the focus back on the field."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Kelly's Corner and follow her on Twitter at kellythesier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.