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    Jared Burton And The Twins Are Close To A Contract Extension The Minnesota Twins signed reliever Jared Burton to a contract extension. The new deal covers 2013 and 2014 with a team option for 2015. The signing was first reported by Darren "Doogie" Wolfson of ESPN 1500 (via Twitter) and has now been confirmed by the Twins.

    According to the Twins' press release, the deal is for two years, at $5.5 million. He will make $2.05 million in 2013 and $3.25 million in 2014. The option for 2015 is at $3.6 million with a $200,000 buyout.

    Last week, the Twins tendered Burton a contract. This is the final year of arbitration-eligibility so the new contract will buy out one year of his free agency and the option year could buy out another.

    Burton came to the Twins last year in a minor league contract. He made the Opening Day roster and was a mainstay in the back-end of the Twins bullpen. The 31-year-old righty went 3-2 with the first five saves of his career. In 64 games and 62 innings, he posted a 2.18 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. He walked just 16 and struck out 55. He gave up five home runs, but two of them came in his first Twins outing. How do I remember that? Because when he came into the game, I told my whole family (with some extended family around) that Burton would be the Twins closer by the end of the season. They vehemently disagreed after the two gopher balls.

    Burton was available on a minor league contract because he missed time in 2010 and 2011 with arm injuries. The Twins used him wisely in 2012.

    What are your thoughts on the extension?
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins, Burton Near Agreement for a Contract Extension started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      More good news!
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      I like it too -- and I think he could close if needed. Always nice to have a "spare".
    1. AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS's Avatar
      AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      I like it too -- and I think he could close if needed. Always nice to have a "spare".
      Agreed. He deserved to be rewarded after last years performance.
    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      Solid move.
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      Just another step in that sneaky old Terry Ryan's salary dump.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Two years should he the max for a reliever. So this would he good I think. Still hoping.....
    1. S.'s Avatar
      S. -
      I'll have to wait to see the price tag before final judgement, but I certainly like the move if the price is right.


      FYI, Seth, looks like you accidentally added a "have" in the first sentence:
      According to Darren "Doogie" Wolfson (via twitter), the Minnesota Twins and representatives for Jared Burton have are very close to an agreement for a contract extension.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Another smart move by Ryan.

      Hmm, don't hear a lot of people calling for his head this week. Strange.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      It would be mean spirited to he negative right now. IF he fails to use his money on legit pitchers, the pitchforks will come back out, probably. But there is no reason to rip him today....still hoping.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      UPDATES:

      According to the Twins press release, the deal is for two years, at $5.5 million. He will make $2.05 million in 2013 and $3.25 million in 2014. The option for 2015 is at $3.6 million with a $200,000 buyout.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Another smart move by Ryan.

      Hmm, don't hear a lot of people calling for his head this week. Strange.
      so you think no other g.m. wouldnt extend burton?
    1. S.'s Avatar
      S. -
      I can dig that. Today has been a good day.
    1. joeboo_22's Avatar
      joeboo_22 -
      not to bad of an extension, I think the ultimate decision on this contract will be dependent on how often he is available. He didn't pitch enough innings last year, some of that was injury history, but he will need to pitch more meaningful innings and do so successful.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Another smart move by Ryan.

      Hmm, don't hear a lot of people calling for his head this week. Strange.
      I've been a big Terry Ryan believer for a long while now.

      His presentation at the SABR Convention this summer was one of the best I've heard an insider offer. He was supposed to take part in a panel discussion, but the other panelists didn't show up, so he proceeded to give a 30-minute soliloquy that amounted to "GM 101". He's smart, experienced, humble, and as much of a straight shooter as anyone who has to manage public expectations can be.

      (No, this is not part of my job application for within the Twins organization.)
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by joeboo_22 View Post
      not to bad of an extension, I think the ultimate decision on this contract will be dependent on how often he is available. He didn't pitch enough innings last year, some of that was injury history, but he will need to pitch more meaningful innings and do so successful.
      Not really. He just needs to stay healthy and do what he did last year for this contract to be considered a steal.
    1. PopRiveter's Avatar
      PopRiveter -
      Good stuff. Low risk. Makes me feel more secure.
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      We just purchased his 33 year old season for 3.25 million. We already owned his age 32 season. I wrote about the possibility of an extension earlier in the off season

      http://twinsdaily.com/entry.php?1968...Old-Set-Up-Man

      Looking at 31 year old right handed set up men from 2000-2010, there was a significant drop off in performance from age 31 to age 33.

      To summarize, I searched for every season pitched by a 31 year old set up man from 2000-2010. I sought pitchers with a workload of at least 60 games. I eliminated closers as they have a different work load. I eliminated guys with ERAs over 4 as most were on their way out of baseball. I found 28 pitchers. I eliminated pitchers jailed for attempted murder in their home country and was down to 27. At age 33, 7 of the 27 pitched 60 games with an ERA under 4. Add one guy who became a starter to make 8 effective pitchers.

      Eight effective pitchers at age 33 from a group of 27 effective pitchers at age 31. It seems like the Twins are on the wrong side of the odds with this contract.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      We're talking about 3.25M in a season where they will have a very hard time spending their available payroll unless they really plunge into FA. That's more than acceptable since he'll have more trade value at the deadline if he's pitching well.
    1. old nurse's Avatar
      old nurse -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnnydakota View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Another smart move by Ryan.

      Hmm, don't hear a lot of people calling for his head this week. Strange.
      so you think no other g.m. wouldnt extend burton?
      Walt Jocketty let him go. Jocketty is considered one of the best.
    1. old nurse's Avatar
      old nurse -
      Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest View Post
      We just purchased his 33 year old season for 3.25 million. We already owned his age 32 season. I wrote about the possibility of an extension earlier in the off season

      http://twinsdaily.com/entry.php?1968...Old-Set-Up-Man

      Looking at 31 year old right handed set up men from 2000-2010, there was a significant drop off in performance from age 31 to age 33.

      To summarize, I searched for every season pitched by a 31 year old set up man from 2000-2010. I sought pitchers with a workload of at least 60 games. I eliminated closers as they have a different work load. I eliminated guys with ERAs over 4 as most were on their way out of baseball. I found 28 pitchers. I eliminated pitchers jailed for attempted murder in their home country and was down to 27. At age 33, 7 of the 27 pitched 60 games with an ERA under 4. Add one guy who became a starter to make 8 effective pitchers.

      Eight effective pitchers at age 33 from a group of 27 effective pitchers at age 31. It seems like the Twins are on the wrong side of the odds with this contract.
      Yes, but what were the innings pitched per year by the 8 versus the other 18. Were any of them similar to Burton mechanically.? Compare to similars. How many of the 19 pitched their last years for Dusty baker? The only thing that may be similar is age.
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