MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins will discontinue their efforts to re-sign first baseman Ron Coomer after failing to reach an agreement with him, general manager Terry Ryan said.
Coomer declined to accept a $1.7 million offer by the team's Wednesday deadline. The offer was identical to what Coomer was paid by the Twins last season.
The Twins' only other options were to tender a written offer that would have made Coomer eligible for arbitration or allow him to become a free agent and continue to negotiate with him. They chose instead to end negotiations.
The Twins plan to enter the season with Doug Mientkiewicz at first base.
Coomer batted .270 with 16 homers and 82 RBI in 140 games for the Twins last season. He batted .278 with 77 homers and 364 RBI in his five seasons with the Twins and was named to the 1999 American League All-Star team.
The Twins have tendered offers to pitchers Eric Milton and LaTroy Hawkins and outfielder Matt Lawton. All three are eligible for arbitration.
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