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Source: Twins, Miguel Sano agree to three-year extension

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Third baseman Miguel Sano is in agreement with the Minnesota Twins on a three-year contract extension, a source familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Sources confirmed to ESPN that the extension, which includes a club option for the 2023 season and will buy out two years of free agency, is for $30 million. There is $27 million spread over the first three years and $3 million on a fourth-year option, a source said. If the $14 million option is picked up, the deal maxes out at $41 million over four years. MLB Network was first to report the financial terms of the deal.

Sano, 26, slugged 34 home runs and had 79 RBIs for the Twins in 2019. After getting off to a dreadful start, he finished the season with a .247 average.

After June 28, Sano batted .279 with a .994 OPS. During the stretch run, Sano was one of the best hitters in baseball.

Sano made $2.65 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The sides swapped proposed figures in arbitration as placeholders, the player asking for $6.25 million and the team offering $5.1 million.

Minnesota reached one-year deals with outfielder Eddie Rosario ($7.75 million), left-hander Taylor Rogers ($4.45 million), outfielder Byron Buxton ($3,075,000), and right-handers Trevor May ($2,205,000) and Tyler Duffey ($1.2 million).

Right-hander Jose Berrios did not reach an agreement and remained on track for a hearing next month. He asked for a raise from $620,000 to $4.4 million and was offered $4,025,000. The 25-year-old Berrios was selected for his second All-Star team last season and went 14-8 with a 3.68 ERA to lead the rotation for the American League Central champion Twins. He had 195 strikeouts in a career-high 200⅓ innings and figures to be in line for a long-term contract with a team that's a bit short on starting pitching.

The 28-year-old Rosario, who made $4.91 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility, contributed a career-high 32 homers to a Twins team that set the big league season record with 307. He batted .276 with a career-best 109 RBIs and had seven assists, third among AL left fielders.

Rogers took over the closer role from Blake Parker, who was released in July, and had 90 strikeouts with only 11 walks in 69 innings. The 29-year-old left-hander had 30 saves with a 2.61 ERA. He made $1,525,000 last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

Buxton, who made $1.75 million in 2019 in his first year of arbitration eligibility, was waylaid again by injuries. He underwent surgery on his left shoulder in September, putting his availability for the start of spring training in question. The 26-year-old has played in more than 92 games only once in five major league seasons. The 2017 Gold Glove winner had a career-best .827 OPS in 2019, batting .262 with 30 doubles and 10 homers in 87 games.

After missing the 2017 season following Tommy John surgery, the 30-year-old May has come back strong as a key cog in the bullpen. He had a 2.94 ERA in 64⅓ innings with 79 strikeouts in 2019, while opponents batted just .184 against him. The right-hander made $900,000 in 2019 in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

Duffey is a 29-year-old right-hander who had a breakout 2019 season. Duffey had 82 strikeouts in 57⅔ innings with a 2.50 ERA, earning $562,500. He had a 26-game scoreless streak from July 28 to Sept. 25, with just 11 hits allowed in 23⅔ innings while the Twins went 20-6 in those games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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