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Twins non-tender three relievers; outright Jake Cave

All other arbitration-eligible players were tendered a contract.

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Minnesota Twins center fielder Jake Cave (60) makes a catch for an out during in a May 8, 2021, game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Cave is on the injured list with a back problem. Raj Mehta / USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins opted to non-tender a trio of arbitration-eligible relievers — Danny Coulombe, Juan Minaya and Trevor Megill, whom they claimed off waivers earlier in the day — ahead of Major League Baseball’s Tuesday night deadline.

The Twins came to terms with relievers Tyler Duffey ($3.8 million), who posted a 3.18 earned-run average in 2021, on Tuesday, and Caleb Thielbar, who finished the season 7-0 with a 3.23 ERA ($1.3 million). Jharel Cotton, who the Twins claimed off waivers earlier this offseason, agreed to a deal worth $700,000.

All other arbitration-eligible players — reliever Taylor Rogers as well as catcher Mitch Garver and infielder Luis Arraez — were tendered a contract.

Rogers, who is coming off an all-star season that was cut short by a July finger injury, is due a raise that is projected to be $6.3 million, per MLB Trade Rumors, in his final season before reaching free agency. Garver is projected to earn $3.1 million per MLBTR and Arraez $2.0 million.

Outfielders Byron Buxton and Jake Cave were also arbitration eligible, but the Twins on Sunday reached a deal with Buxton on a seven-year, $100 million extension that will begin in 2022, and had previously agreed to terms on an agreement with Cave for the 2021 season earlier this month.

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Cave was subsequently outrighted to Triple-A to make room on the 40-man roster for Megill, who the Twins claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs earlier in the day before non-tendering him.

Megill, a 27-year-old right-hander, posted an 8.37 earned-run average in 28 appearances last year out of the Cubs’ bullpen, spanning 23 2/3 innings. Coulombe and Minaya, who were both non-roster invites last year, each pitched in 29 games last season for the Twins out of the bullpen.

The moves are part of a flurry of activity around the league as teams prepare for an expected work stoppage. The non-tender deadline was supposed to fall on Thursday, but it was moved up as the Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire at 10:59 CST Wednesday.

Last year, the Twins avoided arbitration, agreeing to terms with all arb-eligible players in December.

Typically, the last chance to agree to terms comes in January with arbitration hearings shortly after that, but this winter all transactions will be on pause until an agreement is struck between MLB and the MLB Players Association.

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