12/06/12 6:41 PM ET
Twins sign Burton to two-year contract extension
Reliever's deal worth $5.5 million and includes 2015 club option
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
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.