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The Minnesota Twins have signed slugger Kent Hrbek to a five-y

February 11, 1985

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ The Minnesota Twins have signed slugger Kent Hrbek to a five-year contract and pitcher Frank Viola to a one-year pact, the American League club announced Monday.

The club said it had reached an agreement with Hrbek’s agent, Ron Simon, on the multiyear contract running through 1989.

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed by the Twins, but Hrbek had been asking for $1.1 million in arbitration, while the Twins had been offering $650,000. An arbitration hearing had been set for Friday in New York. An arbitrator would have awarded either the $1.1 million figure or the Twins’ $650,000.

Twins President Howard Fox said Sunday, ″We made Hrbek one hell of a five- year offer.″ He did not disclose the amount of the offer. But Simon said then that the two sides were still ″quite a distance apart.″

The 24-year-old first baseman batted .311 last year. He also had a career- high 27 home runs and a career-high 107 RBI.

The Twins also did not disclose the amount of the contract for the 24-year- old Viola, a left-hander.

The St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press reported Monday that Viola and the Twins had agreed to a $375,000 contract for the 1985 season, plus a $50,-000 bonus if Viola won the Cy Young Award this season. Viola was sixth in Cy Young voting last season.

An arbitration hearing had been scheduled Friday on Viola’s contract. He had been seeking $447,000 and the Twins had offered $300,000. Viola received $65,000 in salary and $10,000 in bonuses last season.

Last year, Viola was 18-12, with a 3.21 ERA, tops among Twins’ starting pitchers. He also led the team with four shutouts, innings pitched, with 258, and strikeouts, with 149.

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