Twins’ Jared Burton gets 2-year deal
The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Jared Burton on a two-year, $5.5 million contract that includes a club option for the 2015 season. The deal was worked out Thursday at baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn. The 31-year-old Burton had five saves and a 2.18 ERA in 62 innings with 16 walks and 55 strikeouts in 2012, his first season with the Twins. Burton became the primary eighth-inning setup man for closer Glen Perkins. Burton previously pitched for the Cincinnati Reds. Burton is a native of Westminster and prepped at West-Oak High School.