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Jared Burton | Relief Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/2/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Jared Burton will be used in low-leverage situations for the time being.
Burton has an 11.00 ERA over his last 10 appearances, necessitating him being booted from a setup role. "You always try to say you'll get him in some nonpressure situations, but I don't know if there are those in the big leagues," Gardenhire said. "So we'll try to get him in some situations where it's not the eighth and a one-run lead." Casey Fien seems likely to be used as Glen Perkins' primary setup man for now. Tue, Jul 2, 2013 09:27:00 PM

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Jared Burton allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over an inning of work in his return to action Thursday.

Burton had been unavailable the last several days due to a groin injury. Even though he coughed up a late lead in a loss to the Phillies, it appears that he's fine physically.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 08:10:00 AM

Jared Burton (groin) is unavailable Tuesday.

Burton hasn't appeared in a game since Saturday due to lingering tightness in his groin. He is day-to-day.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 06:02:00 PM

Jared Burton felt some tightness in his groin during his appearance on Saturday.

Burton isn't concerned and said he should be available to pitch Sunday. The setup man is having a fine year, posting a 3.18 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 29 strikeouts over 28 1/3 frames.
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 12:38:00 PM

Filling in for a resting Glen Perkins, Jared Burton pitched a scoreless ninth against the Brewers for his second save on Thursday.

It'd make some sense for the Twins to have the right-handed Burton and left-handed Perkins share closing duties based on matchups, but that's just way too complicated a situation for any of today's managers to pull off. Perkins, after all, is just fine in the ninth as is. Burton has been very good in the eighth, picking up 12 holds opposite two blown saves. It should remain his role, for the most part.
Fri, May 31, 2013 12:19:00 AM

Jared Burton earned his first save of the season Saturday in the Twins' 8-5 win over the Orioles.

Glen Perkins had the night off and Burton stepped in admirably, retiring all three batters he faced. Burton has a 1.69 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 18/5 K/BB ratio in 16 innings this season. He's a decent holds option in fantasy leagues and will vulture saves here and there.
Sat, May 11, 2013 10:12:00 PM

Twins avoided arbitration with RHP Jared Burton by agreeing to a two-year, $5.5 million contract extension.

The Twins will also hold a $3.6 million option on him for 2015. The deal buys out Burton's first year of free agency and also gives Minnesota a chance to keep him around for an additional year. The 31-year-old was a nice surprise in 2012, posting a 2.18 ERA and 55/16 K/BB ratio over 64 appearances.
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 06:31:00 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins are close to a contract extension with right-hander Jared Burton.

The dollar amount isn't yet known, but the extension is expected to run through 2014 and include a club option for 2015. Burton, who is currently due to hit free agency next offseason, posted a 2.18 ERA and 55/16 K/BB ratio over 64 appearances in 2012.
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 04:30:00 PM

The Twins are considering a multi-year extension for right-hander Jared Burton.

Burton is arbitration-eligible this winter and is likely to see a raise from his $750,000 salary. He posted a 2.18 ERA and 55/16 K/BB ratio in 64 appearances with the Twins and is under team control through the 2013 season.
Sat, Nov 10, 2012 12:29:00 PM

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Rangers are talking to the Twins about right-handed reliever Jared Burton.

The Rangers are in the market for relief help as they consider moving Alexi Ogando back in the rotation. Burton signed a minor league deal with the Twins over the winter, but he has emerged as a valuable trade chip after posting a 2.40 ERA, three saves and a 36/10 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings this season.
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 02:01:00 PM

Jared Burton notched his third save Tuesday with a scoreless inning against the Orioles.

Burton struck out a batter and walked another. It was his first save since June 25. Glen Perkins set him up with a three-punch-out eighth. Perkins and Burton will continue to share closing duties with Matt Capps on the disabled list into August. As such, the resurgent reliever with a 2.41 ERA is useable in most formats for now, especially if an owner is desperate for saves. Keep in mind that Minnesota wouldn't be averse to trading the reliever if they get an acceptable offer within the next two weeks.
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 12:05:00 AM

Jared Burton notched his second straight save Monday with a scoreless inning against the White Sox.

He allowed a one-out walk to A.J. Pierzynski but then got a couple flyouts to end it. Glen Perkins pitched the eighth inning before Twins manager Ron Gardenhire turned it over to Burton with the Sox having a couple right-handed batters due up. If Gardy sticks to the matchups, Burton should have a leg up over Perkins for save chances in Minny.
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 11:21:00 PM

Jared Burton nailed down the save in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Reds.

Interesting. Lefty Glen Perkins was called on in Minnesota's first two save opportunities without Matt Capps, but with two righties scheduled to lead off the ninth for the Reds, manager Ron Gardenhire went with Burton today. Burton walked two and recorded zero strikeouts. With Capps' shoulder likely to send him to the disabled list, the Twins might go with some approximation of a committee, but Perkins is the fill-in to own, with Burton being worth a look if you're absolutely desperate for saves.
Sun, Jun 24, 2012 04:11:00 PM

Twins purchased the contract of RHP Jared Burton from Triple-A Rochester.

Burton earned an Opening Day roster spot with a 1.64 ERA in 11 spring appearances. He dealt with injuries the last couple years in Cincinnati but has a chance to be a solid middle reliever in Minnesota if he can remain healthy.
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 03:10:00 PM

Twins signed RHP Jared Burton to a minor league contract.

A solid, no-risk move from Minnesota. Burton appeared in only six games for the Reds this season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder, but he holds a 3.41 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 164 games at the major league level. If he shows he's healthy, he has a good shot to earn a bullpen spot in spring training.
Fri, Nov 11, 2011 03:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Eric Fryer
3Josmil Pinto
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Doug Bernier
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Jordan Schafer
2Chris Herrmann
CF1Danny Santana
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Chris Parmelee
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2Phil Hughes
3Kyle Gibson
4Tommy Milone
5Trevor May
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Jared Burton
3Casey Fien
4Brian Duensing
5Anthony Swarzak
6Caleb Thielbar
7Ryan Pressly
8Aaron Thompson
9A.J. Achter
10Logan Darnell
11Michael Tonkin
12Lester Oliveros