Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 2/15/12
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins avoided arbitration with infielder Alexi Casilla, signing him Wednesday to a one-year contract. Casilla, 27, will earn 1,382,500 in 2012. He made 865,000 during the 2011 season. The Twins have now signed all three of their arbitration-eligible players, as they reached deals with pitchers Francisco Liriano and Glen Perkins in mid-January. This past year, Casilla missed time with a hamstring injury and played just 97 games. He batted .260 with a .322 on-base percentage and stole 15 bases. Casilla began the season as Minnesota's shortstop but moved to second base when Tsuyoshi Nishioka broke his leg early in the year. The Twins acquired veteran infielder Jamey Carroll this offseason, and they see Carroll as a potential every-day shortstop. That means Casilla will likely be slotted as Minnesota's starting second baseman. Casilla has spent most of his career at second, playing 284 games there compared to just 66 at shortstop. He committed 11 total errors in 2011 five in 36 games at shortstop and six in 56 games at second base. Minnesota's pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., this Saturday. Full-team workouts begin Feb. 24. Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter.
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