Twins sign reliever Burton for 2 years, $5.5M

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 will make $2.05 million in 2013 and $3.25 million in

2014. The Twins hold a $3.6 million option for 2015 with a $200,000

buyout.