MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau Friday received a one-year contract from the team, avoiding arbitration.
The 25-year-old Morneau is the reigning American League Most Valuable Player, after batting .321 in the 2006 season with 34 home runs and 130 RBI. He scored 97 runs and committed only eight errors in 1,416 fielding chances.
"He's a talented young player, and he's given a good effort as far as working at his game," said General Manager Terry Ryan on the team's Web site. "I think there is a certain maturation that we've seen in Justin."