Twins beat RHP Gibson in arbitration

The Minnesota Twins saved $355,000 on Thursday when an arbitration panel sided with them in determining the 2018 salary of Kyle Gibson.

The right-hander was seeking $4.55 million, but the three arbitrators instead opted for the team's offer of $4.2 million.

Speaking to the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the arbitration system before the ruling was announced, Gibson said, "It's just part of the process, really. It is designed to help teams and players alike, and with the help comes a solution."

According to the Star Tribune, the Twins had an arbitration case go to a hearing for the first time since 2006. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Minnesota hadn't won an arbitration case since February 2004, when the Twins' offer of $1.6 million to Johan Santana prevailed over the left-hander's request of $2.45 million.

Last year, Gibson finished 12-10 with a 5.07 ERA in 29 starts for Minnesota while making $2.9 million. The Twins demoted the 30-year-old veteran to the minor leagues for the second year in a row, and he went 1-2 with a 2.08 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Rochester in 2017.

In parts of five major league seasons, all with Minnesota, Gibson has a 44-48 record with a 4.70 ERA in 127 appearances, all starts. He has 506 strikeouts and 257 walks in 730 1/3 innings.

Gibson, an Indiana native, was the Twins' first-round pick (No. 22 overall) in 2009 out of the University of Missouri.

--Field Level Media