Twins sign Glen Perkins to three-year extension

Dane Mizutani

Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins have agreed on a a three-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $10.3 million that will keep him pitching in Minnesota through the 2015 season. It includes an option for the 2016 season, as well as incentives if he becomes the team's closer.

Perkins, a graduate of Stillwater High School, posted a 2.48 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings last year with the Twins. He will enter the season as the Twins' top setup man, and could be in line to become the club's closer in the future.

Minnesota orginally selected the southpaw in the first round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft after a successful career with the Gophers. Perkins has a career 4.41 ERA in 145 appearances, to go along with 224 strikeouts.