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MLB free agency: Twins extend Jared Burton, according to report

After a career year for Minnesota in 2012, the 31-year-old righty looks to cash in.

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Time and time again, relief pitchers are pulled from the scrapheap and turned into viable commodities. Jared Burton is no exception. After signing a minor-league deal with the Twins before the 2012 season, the Twins have signed the 31-year-old righty to a two-year deal to keep him in Minnesota, according to a report by ESPN 1500 contributor Darren Wolfson.

After making $750,000 in 2012, Burton will earn $2.05 million in 2013 and $3.25 million in 2014. There is a $3.6 million club option for 2015, which includes a $200,000 buyout.

The 31-year-old had his best season in the pitcher-friendly Target Field, posting a 2.18 ERA in 62 innings for the Twins. By season's end, Burton was Ron Gardenhire's go-to eight-inning option and even picked up five saves in eight chances.

Burton spent five seasons in the Cincinnati Reds' organization after being drafted by the Oakland A's in the eighth round of the 2002 draft.

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