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Repko and Neshek agree with Twins

- Associated Press - Thursday, December 2, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have agreed to one-year deals with outfielder Jason Repko and right-hander Pat Neshek and offered 2011 contracts to 26 others, including shortstop J.J. Hardy and lefty Francisco Liriano.

Repko agreed Thursday at $600,000 deal and Neshek at $625,000, with both avoiding arbitration. Repko was the fourth outfielder and a defensive specialist, and Neshek is a reliever who has struggled with injuries the last two seasons.

Minnesota offered contracts to closer Matt Capps, who gives them insurance if Joe Nathan struggles in his return from elbow ligament-replacement surgery, outfielder Delmon Young and pitchers Brian Duensing, Kevin Slowey and Glen Perkins.

Third baseman Danny Valencia, catchers Drew Butera and Jose Morales, infielder Alexi Casilla, outfielder Ben Revere and relievers Jose Mijares and Alex Burnett were among the other players offered contracts.

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