The Minnesota Twins strengthened their bullpen for years to come by signing lefty relief pitcher Glen Perkins to a 3-year, $10.3 Million extension. Perkins is a Minnesota native from Stillwater and played his college ball at the University of Minnesota as well. The Twins selected him in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2004 draft. The extension would kick in 2013-15 with an option for 2016. He will continue to earn $1.55 Million this year after agreeing to a contract to avoid arbitration. On the new contract he is guaranteed $2.5M in 2013 and $3.75M in both 2014 and 2015. The option for 2016 is for $4.5M with a $300,000 buyout. His deal also includes incentives for games finished starting in 2013 so he can be compensated more if he is moved to the closer role. Perkins had one more year of arbitration before becoming a free agent after the 2013 season. His new contract buys out the last year of arbitration and two free agent years with the option for a third. This is a great deal for the Twins as reliever Sean Marshall recently signed a deal for 3-years $16.5M for the Reds as their left-handed set-up man but he also has more experience in that role than Perkins.

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