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Twins decline Baker's $9.25 million option for 2013

The Twins on Monday allowed starting pitcher Scott Baker to become a free agent after they told him that the team will not pick up his $9.25 million option for 2013, the Star Tribune reports.
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The Twins on Monday allowed starting pitcher Scott Baker to become a free agent after they told him that the team will not pick up his $9.25 million option for 2013, the Star Tribune reports.

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