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Twins sign Burton to two-year contract extension

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins signed reliever Jared Burton to a contract extension on Thursday. The two-year deal is worth $5.5 million and includes a club option for 2015.

"Jared has been an ideal fit for our ball club since the day he signed with us," Twins executive vice president/general manager Terry Ryan said in a statement. "He proved to be a reliable reliever for us and has helped stabilize the back end of our bullpen."

Burton will earn $2,050,000 in 2013 and $3,250,000 in 2014. The deal also includes a $3,600,000 club option for the 2015 season with a $200,000 buyout.

Burton, 31, had an impressive 2012 campaign with the Twins after signing a Minor League contract before the season. The right-hander posted a 2.18 ERA with 55 strikeouts and 16 walks in 62 innings.

Burton, who was coming off shoulder problems while with the Reds, was able to remain healthy throughout the season and reached a career high in appearances with 64.

Burton owns a career 3.08 ERA with 198 strikeouts in 231 innings. He was eligible for arbitration this offseason but will avoid going to arbitration with the new deal.

He's expected to be the club's top setup man again next season behind closer Glen Perkins.

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