Justin Morneau has avoided arbirtration and signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal. The figure is in the middle of Morneau's asking value of $5 million and the Twins' offer of $4 million. Normally, this would be good news, but there is no way to tell if this is truly "good" news.
I mean that in the sense that although Morneau is signed, there is some reason to be worried that Terry Ryan and the Twins did not sign him to a long-term contract. If the figures didn't work this time and Morneau has another good year in 2007, its likely that negotiations will be even tougher the second time around. Good to have him back, of course, but let's keep our figures crossed that Ryan can get him now for a few years more.
Also, as many of you know, Nick Punto, Juan Rincon, and Lew Ford also avoided arbitration. Punto was given a 2 year, $4.2 million deal. As for Nick, I just hope that the production stabilizes and he remains healthy.