Perkins signs extension; Twins lineup vs. Rays

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins made a big announcement this morning, as they signed left-hander Glen Perkins to a three-year extension through the 2015 season that is worth a guaranteed $10.3 million.

The deal also includes a club option for 2016, and has incentives for games finished in case he becomes the closer in the coming years. The deal doesn’t start until 2013, as he’s still under contract for $1.55 million this year.

Perkins, 29, would have been eligible to be a free agent after the 2013 season. He’s coming off a career year, as he posted a 2.48 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings.

“I think it always takes two sides,” Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. “We had interest in extending him. He was absolutely in trying to do something. He likes it here, he’s from here, he lives here. So this was an opportunity for Glen to get security and an opportunity for us to lock up a key piece of our bullpen for the next four years plus.”

More to come at Twinsbaseball.com.

Twins lineup:
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Trevor Plouffe, LF
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Ryan Doumit, RF
8. Brian Dozier, SS
9. Ray Chang, 2B

LHP Francisco Liriano

Twins reserves: J.R. Towles, Danny Lehmann, Sean Burroughs, Luke Hughes, Chris Parmelee, Ben Revere, Rene Tosoni

Twins pitchers: Scott Diamond, Deolis Guerra, Carlos Gutierrez, Liam Hendriks, Jeff Manship, Tyler Robertson, Brendan Wise, Daryl Thompson

Rays lineup:
1. Desmond Jennings, LF
2. Elliot Johnson, 2B
3. Sean Rodriguez, SS
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Chris Gimenez, 3B
6. Brad Coon, RF
7. Stephen Vogt, C
8. Jesus Feliciano, CF
9. Nevin Ashley, DH

RHP Chris Archer

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