Twins close to an extension with Burton

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins are close to signing reliever Jared Burton to a contract extension, a source familiar to the negotiations told on Thursday. The extension is expected to be a two-year deal with a club option for 2015.

The Twins, however, have yet to officially comment, as the deal is not yet finalized.

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.

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN was the first report the two sides were close to an extension.

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