Twins finalize two-year extension with set-up man Jared Burton
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In a season that was mostly disappointing, right-handed reliever Jared Burton was one of the bright spots for the Minnesota Twins in 2012.
For that, the Twins have rewarded him.
A league source said Thursday the Twins and Burton were close to finalizing a two-year contract extension with a team option for 2015. The deal, which was officially signed late Thursday afternoon, will pay Burton $2 million in 2013 and $3.25 million in 2014. The contract also includes a $3.6 million club option for the 2015 season with a $200,000 buyout.
Burton, 31, posted a 2.18 ERA with 55 strikeouts and only 16 walks in 62 innings for the Twins last season.
Burton has a history of shoulder problems, but the Twins managed his innings carefully and got him through the season without any problems. He is expected to be the main set-up man for closer Glen Perkins next season.