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Twins Give New Deals To Romero, Munson

Associated Press
Monday, January 17, 2005; Page D05

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 16 -- Left-handed reliever J.C. Romero and free agent infielder Eric Munson agreed to contracts with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Romero, who was eligible for arbitration, agreed to a two-year deal with a club option for a third, Twins spokesman Sean Harlin said. Munson was given a minor league deal.

Infielder Eric Munson will head to the Twins' camp after the Tigers declined to renew his contract. (Duane Burleson -- AP)

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Harlin said a formal announcement was planned for Monday.

The 28-year-old Romero went 7-4 with an ERA of 3.51 in 74 appearances for Minnesota last season. In six seasons, all with the Twins, he is 21-17 with 22 saves and a 4.49 ERA.

Munson became a free agent when the Detroit Tigers did not offer him a contract after last season. He hit .212 with 19 home runs and 49 RBI in 2004.

The deals were originally announced on WCCO radio by Manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson as part of the Twins Winter Caravan, an annual promotional bus tour for the team and its broadcast network.

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