Kyle Lohse, Michael Cuddyer and Nick Punto remain candidates for arbitration hearings after exchanging salary figures for 2006 with the Twins on Tuesday.

The parties still have the opportunity to avoid arbitration cases if they can work out deals prior to the arbitration hearings, scheduled from Feb. 1-21. The Minnesota trio was among 43 Major League players who exchanged numbers with their respective clubs.

Lohse is asking for $3.95 million, and the Twins have offered $3.4 million. Lohse has four years of Major League service time and made $2.4 million last season. He made 30 starts in 2005, finishing 9-13 with a 4.18 ERA. He pitched 178 2/3 innings.

Cuddyer is requesting $1.5 million, and the Twins have offered $1.1 million. Cuddyer made $347,500 last year and has two years of service time. He hit .263 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs in 2005.

Punto appeared in 112 games last year and hit .239, with 13 stolen bases. He is asking for $850,000, and the Twins have offered $625,000. Punto has three years of service time and made $325,000 last season.